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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Less than an hour later, Yummy’s lifeless body was found in a viaduct several blocks away. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Chicago faces looming $838 million budget shortfall, how ‘Yummy’ Sandifer’s story shocked the nation 25 years ago and other things to know to start your day," 30 Aug. 2019 My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area. NBC News, "Dominican Republic hotel where American woman was beaten temporarily closing," 14 Aug. 2019 Lezmond Mitchell, who fatally stabbed a 63-year-old woman and forced her 9-year-old granddaughter to sit beside her lifeless body for a 30- to 40-mile drive. Tribune News Service, al, "Federal government brings back death penalty, orders 5 executions," 25 July 2019 Protest in Portland Providence Park is one of the more raucous atmospheres in MLS, so to see the place go lifeless for the first 33 minutes of the latest Cascadia clash between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders was quite astounding. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 25: Another El Trafico Classic, More Rivalry Week Fallout," 26 Aug. 2019 Reviews called out the film for being a lifeless downer and its audience scores were even worse. James Hibberd,, "The 17 biggest summer box office winners and losers of 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 This season, too, feels similarly lifeless at times. Pilot Viruet, Vox, "GLOW season 3 loses some of its trademark fun amid all the bloat," 13 Aug. 2019 Walking over soggy lifeless crops, Brett Adams, a fifth generation Nebraska farmer, paused to catch his breath. Rosa Tuiran, CBS News, ""I'm not a climate change guy, but...": Farmers reckon with new reality in the heartland," 26 July 2019 The weaponry of choice for their mother, Celeste (Nicole Kidman), is a severe suit in lifeless blue and a line of lawyerly, hideous questioning. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Disappointing, Emmy-Baiting Finale of “Big Little Lies” Season 2," 22 July 2019

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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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