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 The people struggling now to verify their identities are collateral damage in a cybersecurity war between state unemployment administrators and faceless legions of would-be scammers. Andrew Kenney, USA TODAY, "'I'm shocked that they need to have a smartphone': System for unemployment benefits exposes digital divide," 2 May 2021 Loyalty to Trump, after all, meant a complete disdain for public servants; a belief that faceless deep-state bureaucrats routinely conspire to strip us of our liberties. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: 'What a sellout!' Ivanka Trump loses her loyalists by getting vaccinated," 24 Apr. 2021 More importantly, the show humanizes real-life immigration struggles in a way most viewers rarely see beyond faceless stories in the news. Faith Karimi, CNN, "What '90 Day Fiance' teaches us about love -- and the US visa process," 24 Apr. 2021 Who has the real power: The icon the public adores — or all those faceless government guys in their suits? Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," 23 Apr. 2021 While trackers vary widely—from Apple’s watch-like design to Whoop’s faceless athletic band—most suffer from the same potential flaw: sensitivity to ambient light. Geoff Nudelman, WSJ, "The Correct Way to Wear Your Fitbit or Apple Watch (You’re Doing It Wrong)," 22 Apr. 2021 North Korea’s cybercrime perpetrators often seem like faceless, amoral criminals. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Incredible Rise of North Korea’s Hacking Army," 19 Apr. 2021 Ghostwriters, typically the faceless forces behind many books by famous non-writers, are now becoming more visible, with celebrities openly teaming up with high-profile professionals. Cady Lang, Time, "How Celebrity Memoirs Got So Good," 13 Apr. 2021 Banks can’t let the digital future be faceless, automated, and purely transactional or their customer propositions will disappear into a sea of sameness. Alan Mcintyre, Forbes, "Why Empathetic Banking Will Define Success In The Post-COVID World," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Faceless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faceless. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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