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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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 Said overthrew his father in a bloodless 1970 coup and since then worked to tighten ties with Western countries. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Sultan of Oman dies after five decades of rule," 11 Jan. 2020 Qaboos, the longest serving Arab leader, overthrew his father in a bloodless coup in 1970. Amir Vera And Taylor Barnes, CNN, "Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the longest serving Arab leader, has died at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 And yet within a few years the Francoist establishment had been dismantled, and Spain had made a relatively bloodless transition to liberal democracy. Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, "Why a Champion of Reparative Justice Turned on the Cause," 6 Jan. 2020 As someone points out to me, the Orange Revolution was bloodless, or nonviolent — except for Yushchenko. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ukraine and Us," 19 Dec. 2019 Musharraf toppled Sharif’s government in 1999 in a bloodless coup and ruled until 2008., "But the sentence is more symbolic in nature, as Musharraf is in self-imposed exile in Dubai and is unlikely to return to the country. Nevertheless, the sentence marked the first time in the country’s history that a military dictator has been held accountable for his actions while in power.," 18 Dec. 2019 The Tampa Bay Rays made assorted bloodless moves when Bloom was their second in command, knowing their tiny fan base could howl only so loud., "Related: A closer look at Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom," 5 Nov. 2019 Now comes fashion, intent on mining this eerie aesthetic for impact by releasing onto the runways streams of bloodless-looking models who seemed to have beamed down from Neptune or Mars. New York Times, "It’s Halloween. Here’s What’s Haunting the Runways.," 29 Oct. 2019 Real war isn’t as bloodless or as morally instructive as G.I. Joe cartoons. Matt Farwell, The New Republic, "Playing Soldiers," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of bloodless

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

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16 Jan 2020

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“Bloodless.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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