bloodless

adjective
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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Recent Examples on the Web Russia's fairly bloodless takeover of Crimea this past spring gave the world a look at the modern body armor and other gear worn by the occupying troops. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, ""Ambiguous" Warfare Buys Upgrade Time for Russia's Military," 12 Aug. 2014 Oyler’s project is a worthy one, although her execution wound up too bloodless. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "Two Paths for the Extremely Online Novel," 1 Feb. 2021 When your encounters and negotiations veer into name-calling or emotional manipulation, steer it back to the bloodless practicality of who gets the bookshelf. Amy Dickinson, Star Tribune, "Ask Amy: Breakup encounters should be negotiations," 8 Jan. 2021 Although Thailand moved from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy in a bloodless revolution in 1932, the palace retains wide-ranging powers and is deeply embedded in the economic and cultural fabric of the country. Washington Post, "Thailand declares state of emergency to stop protests," 15 Oct. 2020 Then came a wave of exhaustion, a tiredness limp and bloodless. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her first piece of fiction since Americanah — read an excerpt," 7 Oct. 2020 Cameron wants to repeat himself endlessly about facts, because facts have a way of coming off as unassailable and bloodless. Zz Packer, The New Yorker, "The Empty Facts of the Breonna Taylor Decision," 27 Sep. 2020 What happened in Venezuela is a less bloodless version of what Senator Elizabeth Warren and her colleagues propose to do in the United States. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Reality Bites," 6 Sep. 2020 Then head of the military police, Jammeh lead a bloodless coup that took control of The Gambia in 1994. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "6 beds, 9 baths, 1 exiled Gambian president: Lawsuit seeks forfeiture of Maryland mansion owned by Yahya Jammeh," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bloodless

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

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1 Mar 2021

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“Bloodless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodless. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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bloodless

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bloodless

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

bloodless

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

Medical Definition of bloodless

: free from or lacking blood a bloodless surgical field

Other Words from bloodless

bloodlessly adverb

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