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

Definition of lifeless

: having no life:
a : dead
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.
Recent Examples on the Web On June 26, 2017, the lifeless body of Ronald French, a bearded auto mechanic with once-twinkling eyes, was mysteriously found in a cornfield in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. NBC News, "Insecure wheels: Police turn to car data to destroy suspects' alibis," 28 Dec. 2020 City Hall and courthouses in the nearby Civic Center that drew daily throngs are practically lifeless. Roger Vincent Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "CitizenM builds hotels with Lego-like modules. One is about to open in L.A. amid COVID," 22 Dec. 2020 The men beat Till to death, gouged out his eyes, shot in him the head and threw his lifeless body into the Tallahatchie River, a 75-pound cotton-gin fan tied to his neck with barbed wire to weigh him down. James E. Causey,, "'Stand back, boy': More than four decades later, the memory of my first brush with racism remains vivid and painful," 18 Dec. 2020 Viewers don't see the outcome of the match until Cassie is by herself in her hotel bathroom and sees a lifeless Miranda in the bathtub with Felix ready to attack her next. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Flight Attendant’s Shocking Finale: All Your Questions Answered," 17 Dec. 2020 Under these conditions, one notices what no photograph can capture: The paintings are not flat and lifeless panels of monochrome black, but hover over a deep burgundy underpainting, smoldering like banked fire. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "Rothko in a New Light," 9 Dec. 2020 Other women seem dull and lifeless compared with my ex. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: After a breakup, regrets that his parents were able to sway him," 7 Dec. 2020 When a hydrangea is cut, displayed in a vase, and looking quite lifeless, turn the flower upside down and completely submerge its head into a bowl of water overnight. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Make Your Dying Hydrangeas Look Freshly Picked With This Easy Hack," 7 Dec. 2020 No one foresaw this lifeless performance in every facet of the game, playing and coaching alike. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State football was never able to recover after stagnant start vs. Ohio State," 6 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lifeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lifeless was before the 12th century

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8 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Lifeless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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