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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. 2018

Related Words for soulless

heartless, callous, cold, cruel, feral, insensitive, subhuman

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British Dictionary definitions for soulless


  1. lacking any humanizing qualities or influences; dead; mechanicalsoulless work
  2. (of a person) lacking in sensitivity or nobility
  3. 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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