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 Colin Anson's interpersonal skills and bravery assisted in the bloodless surrender of a garrison of SS soldiers on Corfu. Leah Garrett, CNN, 30 May 2021 The result might be more bloodless than previous wars. al, 14 May 2021 Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man on Earth but has been bullied into working part-time as a bloodless enforcer of petty orthodoxy. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 13 May 2021 But this is still too bloodless a description of the East-West contest. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 Both of these books might sound bloodless, and yes, Cusk’s and Lahiri’s narrators seem to have freed themselves of the familiar forms of wanting. Claire Dederer, The Atlantic, 4 May 2021 The accomplishment is as stark as the bloodless black-and-white to which the film, which was shot in color, was color-corrected. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 17 Apr. 2021 The military government is established under Ne Win after a bloodless coup. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, 15 Apr. 2021 These are the kind of simple, effective emotional stakes that the franchise gave up on long ago in favor of bloodless characters and overblown plotlines. Carmen Maria Machado, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of bloodless

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

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17 Jun 2021

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“Bloodless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bloodless. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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bloodless

adjective

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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