without a face: a faceless apparition.
lacking personal distinction or identity: a faceless mob.
unidentified or unidentifiable; concealing one's identity: a faceless kidnapper.

Origin of faceless

First recorded in 1560–70; face + -less
Related formsface·less·ness, noun
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Related Words for faceless

nameless, forgettable, bland, plain, stark, unadorned, characterless

Examples from the Web for faceless

Contemporary Examples of faceless

Historical Examples of faceless

  • One of the Greek main characters, you know, is to be απροσωπος, faceless.

  • It was like trying to guess the time by looking at a faceless clock with no hands.

    Dead Giveaway

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • That faceless and nameless horror was the apotheosis of the Imperialist.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • See any faceless body here you'd like me to stick your head on?

    2 B R 0 2 B

    Kurt Vonnegut

  • This was uncanny, but it was not so terrible as the faceless form.

    Armorel of Lyonesse

    Walter Besant

British Dictionary definitions for faceless



without a face
without identity; anonymous
Derived Formsfacelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for faceless

1560s, from face (n.) + -less. Related: Facelessly; facelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper