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[rey-lis] /ˈreɪ lɪs/
lacking rays or raylike parts.
unlit, dark, or gloomy:
a rayless cave.
Origin of rayless
First recorded in 1735-45; ray1 + -less
Related forms
raylessness, noun Unabridged
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  • They all stood at the windows looking out into the rayless night.

    Henry IV, Makers of History John S. C. Abbott
  • Darkness hemmed him in, in rayless and triumphant obscurity.

    Under the Witches' Moon Nathan Gallizier
  • That morning there had broken over her a storm of rayless despair.

    Arundel Edward Frederic Benson
  • Far down into the dim, waveless, rayless depths, Mona has gone.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • Never before had all glint of hope been lost in rayless blackness.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory
  • A faint flicker, dying out instantly into rayless gloom, was visible in the woman's sad eyes.

    Nevermore Rolf Boldrewood
  • So there they stood, seven sorrowful little figures engulfed in the rayless despair of childhood and the bitterness of poverty.

    Americans All Various
  • So thorough, that it soon ceases to be doubt, and the mind passes quickly from its dim twilight to a rayless blank.

  • Then it dived, plunging straight downward to die unseen in some rayless cavern of the deeps.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • I pressed my lips to his once brilliant and now rayless eyes—I swept his hair from his brow, and kissed that too.

    Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
British Dictionary definitions for rayless


dark; gloomy
lacking rays: a rayless flower
Derived Forms
raylessly, adverb
raylessness, noun
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