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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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  • Asked the girl, lifelessly, her dull eyes wandering everywhere but to the face of her strange interlocutor.

  • "I suppose so," Norma conceded, lifelessly, after a silence.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • "Good-night, Luce," she said lifelessly as they reached the verandah.

    Poppy Cynthia Stockley
  • Cherry said lifelessly, looking up at her sister with dulled eyes.

    Sisters Kathleen Norris
  • Beatrice gave her hand without a word, lifelessly and coldly; Despard took his hand abstractedly.

    Cord and Creese James de Mille
  • The tone of his voice was lifelessly level: yet with an immanent menace.

    The Clarion Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • But he had not gone very far when he sagged against the pommel, lifelessly.

    'Drag' Harlan Charles Alden Seltzer
  • "Let me alone," she said lifelessly; and, continuing to weep, rose and began to clear away the dishes.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • He said it lifelessly, and with no defiance in his eyes, stating only a wearisome fact.

    The Wishing Moon Louise Elizabeth Dutton
  • "I don't want to know anything of your beastly trouble," said Mr. Jones, in his most lifelessly positive voice.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for lifelessly

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 lifelessly

lifeless

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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