life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
b : inanimate
c : lacking qualities expressive of life and vigor : insipid
d : destitute of living beings

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Other Words from lifeless

lifelessly adverb
lifelessness noun

Examples of lifeless in a Sentence

a cold and lifeless landscape The book's plot was lifeless and predictable.

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Jenkins, 30, was covered with blood and straddling her lifeless body. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "She hit record before falling seven stories to her death. The chilling footage led to her husband’s arrest.," 5 June 2019 Upon touch, the leaves of this perennial plant species close, appearing lifeless. Raquel Reichard, Teen Vogue, "Art Collective Colectivo Moriviví is Painting Political Murals Throughout Puerto Rico," 4 Jan. 2019 The pup appeared lifeless when rescued Thursday evening from a burning Weston home, fire officials said. Tonya Alanez,, "Pup back from the dead after Weston fire," 23 Mar. 2018 The entire area has a distinctly murky look to it, while a small body of water known as Three Mile Creek has trash on it banks and appears lifeless. Christopher Harress,, "Amid slave ship discovery, Africatown still in pollution fight," 1 Feb. 2018 Dad, stepmom charged in starvation death boy in Indiana BLOOMINGTON — A man who carried his son's lifeless body into an Indiana hospital has been charged with murder after an autopsy found that the 12-year-old had been abused and starved to death. Chicago Tribune, Post-Tribune, "State briefs," 3 June 2019 After a hard day of massacring Thracians, what better way to unwind than to read yet again how Achilles atop his chariot dragged Hector’s lifeless body around the walls of Troy? Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "Putin’s Less-Than-Epic Mueller Retort," 7 May 2019 His body was cold and lifeless, and doctors tried to administer CPR for 43 minutes with no success. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "The Emotional True Story Behind Chrissy Metz's New Movie 'Breakthrough'," 15 Apr. 2019 Leslie Mann as Nicol and Steve Carell as Mark Hogancamp Photo: Universal Pictures Yet the results are mind-numbingly immense, joylessly violent and utterly lifeless. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Welcome to Marwen’ Review: An Excess of Fantasy," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of lifeless

: having no living things
: dead or appearing to be dead
: lacking spirit, interest, or energy


life·​less | \ ˈlīf-ləs How to pronounce lifeless (audio) \

Kids Definition of lifeless

1 : having no living things a lifeless planet
2 : dead or appearing to be dead
3 : lacking spirit, interest, or energy a lifeless house

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