- not endowed with life; having no life; inanimate: lifeless matter.
- destitute of living things: a lifeless planet.
- deprived of life; dead: a battlefield strewn with lifeless bodies.
- without animation, liveliness, or spirit; dull; colorless; torpid: a lifeless performance of a play.
- insensible, as a person who has fainted.
Origin of lifeless
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1. inorganic. 3. defunct. 4. inactive, inert, passive; sluggish; spiritless.
3. See dead.
1, 3. living. 4. lively.
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Examples from the Web for lifeless
As a person in Iraq, you learn from an early age how to become “lifeless” – absolutely numb with no feelings whatsoever.What It Feels Like For a Girl in Iraq
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As if, after all the above, one would want anything that reeked of lifeless imitation.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography
September 8, 2014
In that image too, a young boy stands only feet from a lifeless corpse bound to a cross and publicly displayed.Islamic Extremists Now Crucifying People in Syria—and Tweeting Out the Pictures
April 30, 2014
But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2013
Villagers remember also the image of a mother and daughter, who died holding onto one another in a “lifeless embrace.”Six Key Parts of a New Report That May Change Your View on Drones
October 22, 2013
"Yes," he has explained it to me, he said in a lifeless voice.Within the Law
For fifteen years it had been standing there cold and lifeless.
On entering the basilica Pierre had fancied that it was quite empty and lifeless.
Overcome by the dangerous situation in which I saw my royal mistress, I myself was carried out of the room in a lifeless state.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
On 319 the next day the lifeless body of John, was brought into the fort.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
- without life; inanimate; dead
- not sustaining living organisms
- having no vitality or animation
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Word Origin and History for lifeless
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