without any love: a loveless marriage.
feeling no love.
receiving no love; unloved.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lovelessness

Historical Examples of lovelessness

  • If hard work, oblivion and lovelessness were to be his lot, the hardest of these was lovelessness.

    Jewel Weed

    Alice Ames Winter

  • Julia felt that she could love no one and that she deserved endless commiseration for her lovelessness.


    Evelyn Scott

  • But he was a miserable youth, too, and in the anguish of loneliness and lovelessness a home tempted him sorely.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man

    Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion

  • Would Joe and Moll find them and force them back to a life of lovelessness, hardship, and degradation?

    Two Little Travellers

    Frances Browne Arthur

  • We might add a clause to our litany,—From lovelessness and all manner of indifference, good Lord, deliver us!

British Dictionary definitions for lovelessness



without lovea loveless marriage
receiving or giving no love
Derived Formslovelessly, adverblovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelessness



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper