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[feys-lis] /ˈfeɪs lɪs/
without a face:
a faceless apparition.
lacking personal distinction or identity:
a faceless mob.
unidentified or unidentifiable; concealing one's identity:
a faceless kidnapper.
1560-70; face + -less
Related forms
facelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Which is also ironic, since in fact those brand names are not humans, but faceless corporate machines.
  • We were trying to simplify as much as possible, to create something basic, but not a faceless design.
  • They were still more of a riot than a movement-a faceless, leaderless mob growing daily as new adherents flocked in.
  • It's depressing to live in a world in which huge, faceless corporations can do something right.
  • Early on, that narrative seemed destined to have more faceless authors.
  • There are these large groups of faceless people somewhere in the world, who mean to do us harm, and cannot be reasoned with.
  • Perceive it as a victimless crime perpetrated against a faceless insurance company.
  • In the form of a discussion between faceless people, this booklet concerns discovery learning and its advantages.
  • Many were faceless figures behind helmets, lost to history but for yellowed photographs and dusty highlight reels.
  • We must not rely on a faceless bureaucracy and a government that is already trillions of dollars in debt.
British Dictionary definitions for faceless


without a face
without identity; anonymous
Derived Forms
facelessness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for faceless

1560s, from face (n.) + -less. Related: Facelessly; facelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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