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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Something that allows a faction of the military to, in a bloodless effort, push away the toughest aspects of the regime. CBS News, "Transcript: Juan Cruz talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 14 Aug. 2019 The fights are always bloodless, always shot in slow motion. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "“Letterkenny,” a Surreal Canadian Comedy to Rival “Schitt’s Creek”," 7 Aug. 2019 Kicking, shooting and punching — but the harmless, bloodless cartoon kind. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Review: Rock-em-Sock-em Bromance," 1 Aug. 2019 Burke’s rejection of the principles of France’s bloody revolution should warn us against adopting them, even for bloodless use. Liam Warner, WSJ, "Reparations and the Spirit of 1789," 11 July 2019 His adversaries call him a shill for health insurers, a bloodless bean counter who would rather let some sick people die than see them get expensive life-saving medicines. Jonathan Saltzman,, "Boston drug-pricing watchdog group is ‘mouse that roared’," 19 June 2019 Part of the myth that has risen up around the events of 1688 is the claim that the revolution was bloodless. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 2019 In November, the Bolshevik party, led by Vladimir Lenin, seized power in a bloodless revolution, making Russia the world's first Communist nation. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Dramatic True Story Of Russia's Last Dynasty, The Romanovs," 5 July 2019 Thom Yorke, the singer of the British rock band Radiohead, has been thrashing against a bleak and bloodless future for more than two decades. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "Thom Yorke’s “Anima” Is His Best Solo Album," 28 June 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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The first known use of bloodless was before the 12th century

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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

Other Words from bloodless

bloodlessly adverb

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