affectless

adjective
af·fect·less | \ˈa-ˌfekt-ləs, a-ˈfekt-\

Definition of affectless 

: showing or expressing no emotion also : unfeeling a ruthless affectless society

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affectlessness noun

Examples of affectless in a Sentence

an affectless analysis of the cost of the war purely in pecuniary terms the accused remained affectless throughout the long trial

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There is something almost dialectical about the contrast between the parents on one hand and Nancy on the other, between Cameron and Buscemi’s open, guileless performances and Riseborough’s flat, affectless line readings. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "Andrea Riseborough brings complexity to an emotional void in the melancholic 'Nancy'," 7 June 2018 Or Dumont, if only because his sleepy, long takes with typically affectless non-professional performers need to end at some point? Robert Abele, latimes.com, "Bruno Dumont's 'Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc' riffs on future saint as proto-punk," 3 May 2018 Grab the closest hunk of orange cheddar or log of affectless chèvre and get gone. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appetit, "These Are the Only Crackers You Should Serve with Cheese," 26 Apr. 2018 The point of the sequence isn't Watts' rote, affectless exposition, though. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Ready Player One Is a Virtually Empty Good Time," 29 Mar. 2018 In the plain, affectless staging by Jonathan Silverstein, Mr. Burton and Mr. McGrath expertly underplay the characters, with their roiling fears and, in Carl’s case, outrage. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Lonely Planet,’ Mismatched Friends and an Unnamed Plague," 19 Oct. 2017 And the flat chorus draws on a pop-culture cliche of affectless avengers; Game of Thrones’s ever-more-monotone Arya Stark, fulfilling the same gendered archetype, even has a kill list like the one mentioned here. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Who Killed Taylor Swift?," 25 Aug. 2017 At the same time though, Damore’s style was too affectless to suggest a provocateur or conspiracy theorist. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "What I Got Wrong About Misogyny," 24 Aug. 2017 Batuman's quirky, almost affectless narration is ideal for this quirky and often delightful novel about the Harvard freshman year of Selin Karadag. Jenni Laidman, chicagotribune.com, "Audiobook roundup: Shelley Atkinson sparkles with 'The Blood Miracles'," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of affectless

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affectless

affect entry 1 + -less

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