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[sohl-lis] /ˈsoʊl lɪs/
without a soul.
lacking in nobility of soul, as persons; without spirit or courage.
Origin of soulless
1545-55; soul + -less
Related forms
soullessly, adverb
soullessness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for soulless
  • Nor is the soulless body dressed in elaborate trappings of farewell grandeur.
  • Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions.
  • The idea is to transform this soulless thoroughfare into a vital city street.
  • As far as the rest of the acting in this film, it is soulless and as forgettable as the dialogue is bad.
  • Others laud it as a defense of life against soulless scientific exploitation.
  • As online hip hop becomes more popular, the success will attract the soulless commercial interests.
  • The sarcasm was always presented as a defense of humanistic values against the encroachment of soulless technology.
  • Office parks are widely viewed as soulless, the last place to spend a holiday or weekend.
  • In my opinion there neither is, nor could there be, such a thing as soulless efficiency.
  • Aptly, this soulless, overproduced show may send the needle of your machismo-meter off the charts.
British Dictionary definitions for soulless


lacking any humanizing qualities or influences; dead; mechanical: soulless work
(of a person) lacking in sensitivity or nobility
heartless; cruel
Derived Forms
soullessly, adverb
soullessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for soulless

Old English sawolleas "dead, lifeless;" see soul (n.1) + -less. Modern use (1550s) likely is a re-formation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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