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  1. without a soul.
  2. lacking in nobility of soul, as persons; without spirit or courage.
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Origin of soulless

First recorded in 1545–55; soul + -less
Related formssoul·less·ly, adverbsoul·less·ness, noun
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  1. lacking any humanizing qualities or influences; dead; mechanicalsoulless work
  2. (of a person) lacking in sensitivity or nobility
  3. heartless; cruel
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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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