face·less | \ˈfās-ləs \

Definition of faceless 

1a : lacking character or individuality : nondescript the faceless masses

b : not identified : anonymous a faceless accuser

2 : lacking a face

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Other Words from faceless

facelessness noun

Examples of faceless in a Sentence

a decision made by faceless bureaucrats it was precisely because he was a faceless individual that the serial killer was able to go on for so long without detection

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Intermittent clips are shown symbolizing some of love's sweetest moments, and although the song's subject remains faceless, viewers are guaranteed to feel dizzy with infatuation too. Abby Jones, Billboard, "Kacey Musgraves Soars With Newfound Love in 'Butterflies' Video: Watch," 4 May 2018 The blank forms represent not so much individuals but nameless, faceless victims. David L. Stern, Washington Post, "War in eastern Ukraine now seems a distant storm to Kiev," 26 June 2018 The Question was a ruthless, faceless detective who dressed like a noir hero and brutalized criminals. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Steve Ditko’s Ordinary People," 10 July 2018 To create a better life for their son, the family had borrowed to cover his education, resulting in crushing student loan debt to faceless financial institutions unwilling to refinance to help the family make ends meet. Krista Stevens, Longreads, "The Crushing, Ever-Present Weight of Debt," 10 July 2018 The gritty wear and tear of lives lived on concrete may have been all that defined these faceless junkies to the casual passerby. Woman's Day, "Why I Abandoned Tough Love Instead of My Child," 1 July 2016 His faceless two men fighting a cartoonish emperor in one image is decidedly modern, clean and profoundly worrying in its exhortation to kill the enemy. Anne Tschida, miamiherald, "The Power of Propaganda," 22 June 2018 The most effective way to create a monster is to rob people of their humanity, to frame them as a single faceless entity. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "How America Makes People into Monsters," 20 June 2018 The result is a trove of information and inferences about people’s conduct and preferences that can be used by faceless entities in ways that might affect anything from the price of credit to the availability of insurance. John Rothchild, Scientific American, "New European Rules May Give US Internet Users True Privacy Choices for the First Time," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of faceless

1568, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for faceless

face entry 1 + -less

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English Language Learners Definition of faceless

: not having any unusual and interesting qualities

: not identified

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to reject or criticize sharply

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