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faceless

[feys-lis]
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adjective
  1. without a face: a faceless apparition.
  2. lacking personal distinction or identity: a faceless mob.
  3. unidentified or unidentifiable; concealing one's identity: a faceless kidnapper.
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Origin of faceless

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

namelessforgettableblandplainstarkunadornedcharacterlessfaceless

Examples from the Web for faceless

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Historical Examples

  • 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

faceless

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

adj.

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

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