without blood: bloodless surgery.
very pale: a bloodless face.
free from bloodshed; accomplished without bloodshed: a bloodless victory; a bloodless coup.
spiritless; without vigor, zest, or energy: a dull, insipid, bloodless young man.
without emotion or feeling; cold-hearted: bloodless data.

Origin of bloodless

1175–1225; Middle English blodles, Old English blōdlēas. See blood, -less
Related formsblood·less·ly, adverbblood·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bloodless

Contemporary Examples of bloodless

Historical Examples of bloodless

  • The Welsh people, by bloodless victory, have won the respect of all mankind.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • Pale and bloodless was her cheek, and cold were those beauteous limbs.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso

  • The Chief was still sitting there with that bloodless look when we marched in.

    Arm of the Law

    Harry Harrison

  • Perhaps you picture me as bloodless and pulled down on this diet!

  • Then her cheeks turned pale and her lips became white and bloodless.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for bloodless



without blood
conducted without violence (esp in the phrase bloodless revolution)
anaemic-looking; pale
lacking vitality; lifeless
lacking in emotion; cold; unfeeling
Derived Formsbloodlessly, adverbbloodlessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bloodless

Old English blodleas; see blood (n.) + -less. The figurative sense in Middle English was "powerless." Related: Bloodlessly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper