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lifeless

[lahyf-lis] /ˈlaɪf lɪs/
adjective
1.
not endowed with life; having no life; inanimate:
lifeless matter.
2.
destitute of living things:
a lifeless planet.
3.
deprived of life; dead:
a battlefield strewn with lifeless bodies.
4.
without animation, liveliness, or spirit; dull; colorless; torpid:
a lifeless performance of a play.
5.
insensible, as a person who has fainted.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English lifles, Old English līflēas. See life, -less
Related forms
lifelessly, adverb
lifelessness, noun
Synonyms
1. inorganic. 3. defunct. See dead. 4. inactive, inert, passive; sluggish; spiritless.
Antonyms
1, 3. living. 4. lively.
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  • Biology, the study of living organisms, can sometimes leave students feeling lifeless.
  • It is full of lifeless buildings and palaces where important things used to happen.
  • It was decided that the anchorman was a bit lifeless and dull.
  • After a long winter of hats and sun deprivation, our hair was looking lifeless and dull.
  • Texts on the region can be dull and lifeless or even biased and skewed.
  • Apparently lifeless and useless there on the ground, it harbors thousands of living things within and beneath it.
  • Transition problems abounded, as well as lifeless introductions and conclusions.
  • They said it didn't excite them, that it was pallid and lifeless and boring.
  • It was polished and smooth, yet at the same time lifeless, conveying no excitement about his research.
  • Initial impressions of the crater as a lifeless wasteland are quickly dispelled.
British Dictionary definitions for lifeless

lifeless

/ˈlaɪflɪs/
adjective
1.
without life; inanimate; dead
2.
not sustaining living organisms
3.
having no vitality or animation
4.
unconscious
Derived Forms
lifelessly, adverb
lifelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lifeless
adj.

Old English lifleas "inanimate, dead;" see life + -less. Meaning "with no living things" is from 1728. Related: Lifelessly; lifelessness.

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