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  1. without spirit.
  2. without ardor, vigor, zeal, animation, etc.: a spiritless reply to criticism.
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Origin of spiritless

First recorded in 1560–70; spirit + -less
Related formsspir·it·less·ly, adverbspir·it·less·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for spiritless

Historical Examples

  • And do you think me so spiritless as to believe that I can be yours by compulsion?

    Maid Marian

    Thomas Love Peacock

  • He looks exhausted, care-worn, spiritless, (p. 242) extinct.

  • The blueskins, said the reports were spiritless and cowardly.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Orthodoxy had instilled a formal, but often spiritless faith.

  • A spiritless tenacity was his main characteristic, I judged.

    The Secret Sharer

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for spiritless


  1. lacking courage or liveliness; melancholic
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Derived Formsspiritlessly, adverbspiritlessness, noun
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