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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 of lifeless
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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  • The whole region had been swept by fire: thousands of giant trunks stood blackened and lifeless, the picture of desolation.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • "Yes," he has explained it to me, he said in a lifeless voice.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • As I gazed at the Dryad's hair my voice unconsciously dropped to a lifeless monotone.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • On entering the basilica Pierre had fancied that it was quite empty and lifeless.

  • In a moment, however, he was calm, dispassionate and lifeless as I had always found him since the estrangement began.

    Sonia Married Stephen McKenna
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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