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 Even in the relatively bloodless, family-friendly arena of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hemsworth’s Thor had a tougher time of it than most. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Chris Hemsworth calls ‘Extraction’ the ‘most exhausting’ shoot of his career," 23 Apr. 2020 What’s more, during Reconstruction, that Thanksgiving myth allowed New Englanders to create this idea that bloodless colonialism in their region was the origin of the country, having nothing to do with the Indian Wars and slavery. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue," 27 Nov. 2019 The day’s action of bloodless bullfighting brought plenty of spectators. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, "Texas’ Only Home for Matadors Is on Brink of Closing," 22 Jan. 2020 The Rays are bloodless, trading players at the peak of their value to get younger, less expensive, and often better players in return. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Chaim Bloom has a plan, and his conviction deserves a chance," 10 Feb. 2020 So far operations that the US has blamed on Iran against shipping in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia's oil industry and the downing of a US drone have been bloodless. Sam Kiley, CNN, "Any war between the US and Iran would be a catastrophe. And no one could win it," 3 Oct. 2019 Indeed, historians often compare the mostly bloodless civil wars that characterized California politics during the Mexican period to the wars in comic operas, in which armies march noisily back and forth without ever actually fighting. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "The day the Mexican-American War came to Santa Clara," 7 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of bloodless

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

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7 May 2020

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“Bloodless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodless. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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bloodless

adjective
How to pronounce bloodless (audio)

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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