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strengthless

[strengkth-lis, strength-, strenth-] /ˈstrɛŋkθ lɪs, ˈstrɛŋθ-, ˈstrɛnθ-/
adjective
1.
lacking strength.
Origin of strengthless
1150-1200
Middle English word dating back to 1150-1200; See origin at strength, -less
Related forms
strengthlessly, adverb
strengthlessness, noun
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  • I beg it of you, as I clasp these strengthless, trembling hands.

    The Memoirs of Madame de Montespan, Complete Madame La Marquise De Montespan
  • He had expected to see her lying helpless and strengthless with hidden face.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • He woke in the morning so unrefreshed and strengthless that he sent for the doctor.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • She reached camp at dusk, hot as fire, breathless and strengthless.

  • What have you to tell me that you come thus often to stand here so strengthless and so still?

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • There are many places in Chicago where a poor man can get a strengthless cup of coffee and rolls for a nickle.

    Broke Edwin A. Brown
  • Broken, crippled, strengthless, Christian crawled over the sand to the spot where he would die.

    The Unknown Sea Clemence Housman
  • He was utterly listless and strengthless, although the voyage did him a little good.

  • Here the expression, no good he ne couth means, he was quite feeble and strengthless.

  • He raised his strengthless hand for a few inches, and let it fall with a gesture of hopeless wretchedness.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann

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