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spiritless

[spir-it-lis] /ˈspɪr ɪt lɪs/
adjective
1.
without spirit.
2.
without ardor, vigor, zeal, animation, etc.:
a spiritless reply to criticism.
Origin of spiritless
1560-1570
1560-70; spirit + -less
Related forms
spiritlessly, adverb
spiritlessness, noun
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  • Orthodoxy had instilled a formal, but often spiritless faith.

    Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark Jens Christian Aaberg
  • Linda did not at all like being told that she was spiritless.

    Linda Tressel Anthony Trollope
  • It would have been wholly inept and spiritless to transfer this from Gunnar to Attila.

    Epic and Romance W. P. Ker
  • The dancing was spiritless, and there was little more of it.

    Feats on the Fiord Harriet Martineau
  • It would have given his most spiritless followers the pith to run till morning across a strand of rock and pebble.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • I should have been a spiritless dog if I had not risen to his mood.

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • By the time they reached home she was contrite and spiritless.

  • The result is that the recitations are dull, spiritless, uninteresting.

    New Ideals in Rural Schools George Herbert Betts
  • This performance with an empty six-shooter is but a pale and spiritless form of the sport of high altitudes.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • He's a social outcast, and a broken, spiritless wretch besides.

British Dictionary definitions for spiritless

spiritless

/ˈspɪrɪtlɪs/
adjective
1.
lacking courage or liveliness; melancholic
Derived Forms
spiritlessly, adverb
spiritlessness, noun
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