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loveless

[luhv-lis]
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adjective
  1. without any love: a loveless marriage.
  2. feeling no love.
  3. receiving no love; unloved.
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Origin of loveless

First recorded in 1275–1325, loveless is from the Middle English word loveles. See love, -less
Related formslove·less·ly, adverblove·less·ness, noun
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  • Still we have bottled most of it and the labourer accepts his loveless lot.

  • Why else would you submit to a loveless life and the dull routine of toil?

  • Into what a nest of stings and thorns his loveless marriage had plunged him!

    The Strollers

    Frederic S. Isham

  • And so her life had flowed on, uniform, peaceful and respectable, but loveless.

  • That it could lead to more evil than a loveless marriage was not, however, to be feared.

    Robert Orange

    John Oliver Hobbes


British Dictionary definitions for loveless

loveless

adjective
  1. without lovea loveless marriage
  2. receiving or giving no love
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Derived Formslovelessly, adverblovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for loveless

adj.

early 14c., "feeling no love;" late 14c. "unloved," from from love (n.) + -less. Attested from mid-13c. as a surname. Related: Lovelessly; lovelessness.

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