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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Russia seized Crimea, a peninsula on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast, in a largely bloodless but internationally condemned referendum in March 2014, after Ukrainians ousted a pro-Russian president in a popular uprising. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2022 That structure allows Conrad to come to the fore as leading character in his own right — a bright but haunted young man with demons of his own, and not just a bloodless memory or symbol from someone else’s story. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Mar. 2022 Oppressive governments in India, Romania, Poland, East Germany, South Africa, and Ukraine were brought down in bloodless coups amid the stalling out of civil society. Steven Tian, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2022 All of this was bland and bloodless; videos showed the Russian representative to the U.N. Security Council, who looked bored and angry, and women and children arriving from eastern Ukraine, who looked tired. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 1 Mar. 2022 The result is a fine but oddly bloodless work of narrative nonfiction for children ages 6-12. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 25 Feb. 2022 Would Germany once and for all cancel the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in the face of a mostly bloodless redrawing of international boundaries? Daniel Treisman, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 Yes, in a bloodless sense, that is somewhat inefficient. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 21 Feb. 2022 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre of 1974 is a surprisingly bloodless film. David Sims, The Atlantic, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bloodless

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

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30 Apr 2022

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“Bloodless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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