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

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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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In its place is Kirby’s affectless physicality, a muted wardrobe, and the evergreen presence of martinis. Molly Creeden, Vogue, "The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby on Why the Right Hair and Lipstick Make the Royal," 17 Sep. 2018 Written in a flat, affectless prose, and with much of the action carried by dialogue, these novels suggest that nothing much can ever matter. Michael Gorra, WSJ, "‘Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time’ Review: Life’s Mysterious Patterned Way," 1 Nov. 2018 The sentiment perfectly sums up the late German singer’s nihilistic, affectless power. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "A Darkly Beautiful and Unflinching Testament to a Musical Icon’s Final Years," 2 Aug. 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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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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