af·​fect·​less ˈa-ˌfekt-ləs How to pronounce affectless (audio)
: showing or expressing no emotion
also : unfeeling
a ruthless affectless society
affectlessness noun

Example Sentences

an affectless analysis of the cost of the war purely in pecuniary terms the accused remained affectless throughout the long trial
Recent Examples on the Web The use of an A.I. program to replicate Warhol’s flat, affectless speech to read the diary entries had a strangely fitting logic. Steve Dollar, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 His paintings borrowed aspects of photographic vision (arbitrary cropping, dissonant overlap) and even photographic sensibility (cool, affectless, mechanical). Washington Post, 20 Jan. 2021 Mumblecore veteran Sheil, with her Raphaelite curtain of hair and almost affectless voice, can be an opaque heroine, and the plot, as far as there is one, feels halting at first, the dialogue choppy and unreal. Leah Greenblatt,, 30 July 2020 Johnny Flynn’s affectless monotone was crisp, clear, and cheery. Adrienne So, Wired, 1 Apr. 2020 Its main set is a living room with a front door at the right, a kitchen at the left, stairs at the back and a couch in the middle: the upper-middle-class, affectless, catalog-bought, averaged-out set an artificial intelligence might imagine. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2020 His influence is also apparent in the performances, which can be borderline affectless. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 12 Feb. 2020 There’s a striking contrast between the messy patterns of the finger marks, which recall the gestural language of Abstract-Expressionist paintings, and the cool, affectless distance of the underlying images. Steven Litt, cleveland, 17 Nov. 2019 The color intensification is not affectless and artificial, as in a screen print by Andy Warhol. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History


affect entry 3 + -less

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of affectless was in 1904

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Cite this Entry

“Affectless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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