spiritless

adjective
spir·​it·​less | \ ˈspir-ət-ləs How to pronounce spiritless (audio) \

Definition of spiritless

: lacking animation, cheerfulness, or courage

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Other Words from spiritless

spiritlessly adverb
spiritlessness noun

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languid, languorous, lackadaisical, listless, spiritless mean lacking energy or enthusiasm. languid refers to an unwillingness or inability to exert oneself due to fatigue or physical weakness. was depressed and languid for weeks after surgery languorous suggests a dreamy boredom and delicacy that avoids unnecessary activity. languorous cats lying in the sun lackadaisical implies a carefree indifference marked by half-hearted efforts. lackadaisical college seniors pretending to study listless suggests a lack of interest caused by physical weakness or dissatisfied boredom. listless hospital patients listless children flipping through picture books on a rainy day spiritless refers to a lack of animation or vigor that gives one's actions and words life. a spiritless recital of the poem

Examples of spiritless in a Sentence

he was spiritless and depressed for weeks after being fired
Recent Examples on the Web Fast forward to a spiritless national campaign where Scheer has seemed evasive, stiff and downright cold at times. Paula Newton, CNN, "Justin Trudeau's main rival: An American with a bummer of a campaign," 20 Oct. 2019 Over the summer, Villa fans have been subjected to cruel comparisons with Fulham, who spent big money on players over the summer of 2018 and ultimately crumbled to a spiritless relegation. SI.com, "Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Subdued Spurs Sneak Past Valiant Villa," 10 Aug. 2019 Close-minded buyers and sellers forge a spiritless agent-client alliance that lacks the vibrancy required to be successful. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyers’ higher bid didn’t win them the house; time to change agent?," 4 July 2019 Close-minded buyers and sellers forge a spiritless agent-client alliance that lacks the vibrancy required to be successful. Pat Kapowich, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Buyers’ higher bid didn’t win them the house; time to change agent?," 4 July 2019 Lewis imagined a spiritless afterworld full of gray people who chose not to submit to God; eternal separation from the Lord’s love represented a punishment as tragic as any that could be devised. By Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Megachurch pastor in ‘The Christians’ provokes this unanswerable question," 21 Sep. 2017 Lewis imagined a spiritless afterworld full of gray people who chose not to submit to God By Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "Megachurch pastor in ‘The Christians’ provokes this unanswerable question," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of spiritless

1598, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spiritless was in 1598

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“Spiritless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiritless. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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spiritless

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English Language Learners Definition of spiritless

: lacking courage, energy, or cheerfulness

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