without a soul.
lacking in nobility of soul, as persons; without spirit or courage.

Nearby words

  1. soul-destroying,
  2. soul-kiss,
  3. soul-searching,
  4. soulful,
  5. soulfully,
  6. soullessly,
  7. soulmate,
  8. soult,
  9. soult, nicolas jean de dieu,
  10. sound

Origin of soulless

First recorded in 1545–55; soul + -less

Related formssoul·less·ly, adverbsoul·less·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for soulless



lacking any humanizing qualities or influences; dead; mechanicalsoulless work
(of a person) lacking in sensitivity or nobility
heartless; cruel
Derived Formssoullessly, adverbsoullessness, noun

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Word Origin and History for soulless



Old English sawolleas "dead, lifeless;" see soul (n.1) + -less. Modern use (1550s) likely is a re-formation.

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