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

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In every Star Trek series, captains and crewmen bark orders to a faceless computer, and those orders are executed with 100 percent accuracy (barring any mechanical malfunctions, that is). Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 People [were] always met with a wall of the same search result, the same picture, over and over again of the pale Muslim women, with only their eyes showing, faceless and looking very negative, very depressed, very oppressed. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "What MuslimGirl's Amani Al-Khatahtbeh Wants to See From the Beauty Industry in 2019," 27 Mar. 2019 In the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Arya finally put her faceless assassin skills to the test and killed the Night King during the Battle of Winterfell in one of the series’ biggest twists ever. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Thought People Would Underestimate Arya Stark and Her Destiny in "Game of Thrones"," 29 Apr. 2019 The Crowd The scene varies by night, and the heavy fog serves as a refreshing equalizer by rendering many nearly faceless. Tas Tobey, New York Times, "Nowadays, a Backyard Party Spot in Queens, Gets an Indoor Annex," 20 Mar. 2018 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

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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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