blood·​less | \ ˈbləd-ləs How to pronounce bloodless (audio) \

Definition of bloodless

1 : deficient in or free from blood
2 : not accompanied by loss or shedding of blood a bloodless victory
3 : lacking in spirit or vitality
4 : lacking in human feeling bloodless statistics

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Other Words from bloodless

bloodlessly adverb
bloodlessness noun

Examples of bloodless in a Sentence

He fought his bloodless battles in the courtroom. They took control of the government in a bloodless coup. Her speeches are dull and bloodless. a bunch of bloodless numbers and statistics His face was bloodless with fear.
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Given the mismanagement of what are by some measures the world’s largest reserves, a bloodless coup actually might be bearish for oil prices in the longer run. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Why the Oil Market Is Shrugging at Venezuela," 24 Jan. 2019 This is not some CSI-style procedural, where catching murderers is a high-tech, bloodless, impersonal operation. Noel Murray, The Verge, "This weekend, stream some ‘Nordic noir’ on Netflix, starting with Deadwind," 9 Nov. 2018 The accompanying gore is similarly contained, at least in the beginning and midsection of the film: Where Argento’s Suspiria exults in blood early and exorbitantly, Guadagnino’s version is relatively bloodless until the very end. Aja Romano, Vox, "How Suspiria turns the color red into a plot point," 9 Nov. 2018 Then there was the bloodless Senator from Connecticut, the guy repeatedly lied about serving in Vietnam, trying his best to impugn another man's integrity. Fox News, "Brit Hume on fallout from Kavanaugh hearing; Alan Dershowitz on Rachel Mitchell's performance," 28 Sep. 2018 In 29 pages of bloodless prosecutorial language, Mueller sketches out a concerted and methodical effort to corrupt the American democratic process. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Truth Without Consequences," 13 July 2018 Mugabe, 93, was deposed in a near-bloodless coup in the pre-dawn hours of Nov. 15, with Emmerson Mnangagwa later becoming the southern African nation’s second president since independence in 1980. Godfrey Marawanyika,, "Zimbabwean Opposition Leader Tsvangirai Suggests He May Retire," 8 Jan. 2018 Yet by then the head was bloodless in the dust, sightless, thoughtless, and beyond words. John Kass,, "The Khan of Madiganistan keeps his head by severing another's," 7 June 2018 Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is riding high after his recent twin victories: the defeat of ISIS and the relatively bloodless recapture of oil-rich Kirkuk and other territories occupied by the Kurds. Bartle Bull And Douglas Ollivant, WSJ, "Will Iraq ‘Lean West’ or ‘Lean Iran’?," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of bloodless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bloodless

: done without killing people
: lacking feeling or emotion
: pale in color


blood·​less | \ ˈbləd-ləs How to pronounce bloodless (audio) \

Medical Definition of bloodless

: free from or lacking blood a bloodless surgical field

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bloodlessly adverb

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