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[spir-it-lis] /ˈspɪr ɪt lɪs/
without spirit.
without ardor, vigor, zeal, animation, etc.:
a spiritless reply to criticism.
Origin of spiritless
First recorded in 1560-70; spirit + -less
Related forms
spiritlessly, adverb
spiritlessness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And do you think me so spiritless as to believe that I can be yours by compulsion?

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • He looks exhausted, care-worn, spiritless, (p. 242) extinct.

  • The blueskins, said the reports were spiritless and cowardly.

    Pariah Planet Murray Leinster
  • Orthodoxy had instilled a formal, but often spiritless faith.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • A spiritless tenacity was his main characteristic, I judged.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • It would have been wholly inept and spiritless to transfer this from Gunnar to Attila.

    Epic and Romance

    W. P. Ker
  • Grumbling, I suppose, at home, to his spiritless wife and daughters.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • Linda did not at all like being told that she was spiritless.

    Linda Tressel

    Anthony Trollope
  • She was touched at his being so spiritless as not even to say that she ought to have been thrown in after it.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • The dancing was spiritless, and there was little more of it.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for spiritless


lacking courage or liveliness; melancholic
Derived Forms
spiritlessly, adverb
spiritlessness, noun
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