face·​less | \ ˈfās-ləs How to pronounce faceless (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web For many of us, this might be a chance to remember or to learn about where our food comes from, to practice more gratitude for the many faceless people who provide it and move it from farms to our tables. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "When This Is Over," 14 Apr. 2020 Book publishers, looking for a leg up against Amazon’s faceless behemoth, were keen to tap into those relationships, pushing authors to participate in indie events. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is This the End of the Indie Bookstore?," 16 Apr. 2020 In Attack of the Clones, there are generals and then there are faceless soldiers. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Attack of the Clones," 20 Nov. 2019 The pursuit of diplomacy is mostly idealistic, if usually faceless and often thankless. Lara Jakes, BostonGlobe.com, "When the face of America falls ill: A virus’s toll on diplomats," 4 Apr. 2020 The pursuit of diplomacy is mostly idealistic, if usually faceless and often thankless. Lara Jakes, New York Times, "When the Face of America Falls Ill: A Virus’s Toll on Diplomats," 4 Apr. 2020 Their anger focused on a faceless government that neglected people like them and on supposedly shiftless immigrants and minorities who feasted at the public trough. Helen Epstein, The New York Review of Books, "Left Behind," 10 Mar. 2020 Sebring is mostly remembered as a faceless victim of the grisly Charles Manson cult murders of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, and three others at the director's Benedict Canyon residence in August 1969. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jay Sebring Documentary Lands at Shout! Studios (Exclusive)," 26 Feb. 2020 Retail rents skyrocketed and beloved local restaurants and family shops gave way to faceless skincare chains and pharmacies to attract the red dollar. Joshua Wong, Time, ""Hong Kong is at an Existential Crossroads." Joshua Wong on the Future of His Homeland.," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of faceless was in 1568

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8 May 2020

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“Faceless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faceless. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of faceless

usually disapproving
: not having any unusual and interesting qualities
: not identified

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