soul·​less ˈsōl-ləs How to pronounce soulless (audio)
: having no soul or no greatness or warmth of mind or feeling
soullessly adverb
soullessness noun

Examples of soulless in a Sentence

a government run by soulless bureaucrats These companies are heartless, soulless, money-making machines. The houses in the new development are completely soulless.
Recent Examples on the Web More from Cooper, on this same theme: The public, every where, is proverbially soulless. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 9 Oct. 2023 Perhaps that’s why, in a city of constant and often soulless renovation, the apartment seems like a special kind of palimpsest, a place that both adheres to and refutes its own history. Alice Newell-Hanson, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2023 London has seen a deluge of hotel openings over the last few years—many of which are state-of-the-art, yes, but also a little soulless. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2023 Sadly, the Action Office soon devolved into soulless cubicle farms, pilloried in Dilbert cartoons and despised by office workers everywhere. IEEE Spectrum, 21 Oct. 2023 Director Martin Scorsese repeats so many variations on this depressing mistreatment that experiencing the film is akin to being locked in a room with a pair of soulless sadists. Kyle Smith, WSJ, 18 Oct. 2023 And, as directed by Alex Timbers, the scenes move with sleekly bustling if soulless efficiency. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2023 An overlong, windy film that purports to investigate the hypocrisy, shallowness and moral decay of wealthy Italians but feels too embedded in that world to have much bite, this is a soulless bit of self-indulgence that seems far too pleased with itself. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2023 That’s the cruel twist of irony that soulless network bigwigs and greedy administrators have heaped on your plate this fall. Bill Oram, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soulless was before the 12th century

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“Soulless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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soul·​less ˈsōl-ləs How to pronounce soulless (audio)
: having no soul or no greatness or nobleness of mind or feeling
soullessly adverb
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