af·​fect·​less | \ ˈa-ˌfekt-ləs How to pronounce affectless (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web His paintings borrowed aspects of photographic vision (arbitrary cropping, dissonant overlap) and even photographic sensibility (cool, affectless, mechanical). Washington Post, "An insider’s guide to Paris," 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,, "Doom is contagious in the trippy, timely indie She Dies Tomorrow: Review," 30 July 2020 Johnny Flynn’s affectless monotone was crisp, clear, and cheery. Adrienne So, Wired, "Just Get a Soundbar Already," 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, "Review: Absurd and awful, Adult Swim is no escape. But it makes surreal times less strange," 27 Mar. 2020 His influence is also apparent in the performances, which can be borderline affectless. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘I Was at Home, but …’ Review: In Grief, What Dreams May Come," 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, "Former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren’s ‘Surface Tension’ explores power of touch at Transformer Station," 17 Nov. 2019 The color intensification is not affectless and artificial, as in a screen print by Andy Warhol. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "California dreamy," 31 Oct. 2019 The locations seem just right, from the blankly affectless strip malls to the temporary-feeling apartments. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "“Sherman’s Showcase” Celebrates a Lost TV Genre," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of affectless

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for affectless

affect entry 3 + -less

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“Affectless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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