loveless

[luhv-lis]

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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.

    Narcissus

    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

loveless

adjective
  1. without lovea loveless marriage
  2. receiving or giving no love
Derived Formslovelessly, adverblovelessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for lovelessness

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper