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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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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But for far too long, they’ve been depicted in popular culture in a negative light as a faceless monolith with no sense of agency or independence. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "What MuslimGirl's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Wants to See From the Beauty Industry in 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 And nowadays there is hardly a television drama series that does not open with the slaughter and evisceration of some faceless young woman. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 But experimenting with more decentralized models could give social media users a sense that platforms represented their interests, rather than those of a faceless corporation. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Can Social Media Be Saved?," 28 Mar. 2018 The attack was a dangerous escalation in international hacking, as faceless enemies demonstrated both the drive and the ability to inflict serious physical damage. Nicole Perlroth And Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.," 15 Mar. 2018 What all the 2018 drama means for beauty consumers in 2019 The common thread here is that the beauty industry is no longer limited to faceless corporations. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 If even a handful of these proposals become law, faceless bureaucrats would control the internet instead of energetic entrepreneurs. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Warner’s Plan to Ruin the Internet," 12 Aug. 2018 The rise of large-scale multifamily property management companies in the 1990s have long since made apartment landlords into faceless corporations. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Online property management tools are moving the landlord-tenant relationship to the internet," 7 Nov. 2018 Those consequences maybe come when, as Offred has been fearing all season long, a black van pulls up at the Waterford house and faceless Guardians take her away. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'The Handmaid's Tale': Where we left off in Season 1," 24 Apr. 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

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

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