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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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 President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled for 30 years, was ousted in a bloodless coup. The Economist, "How to stop Sudan sliding into war," 14 June 2019 History and human nature have proven time and again, staying on top is never bloodless. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Thursday: Younger stars fight it out on Lip Sync Battle," 6 June 2019 Last year’s prize was awarded to Brian Gitta from Uganda, who invented a low-cost bloodless test that uses light and magnetism to scan a person’s finger in order to diagnose malaria. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize," 5 June 2019 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

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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

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bloodlessly adverb

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