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[luhv-lis] /ˈlʌv lɪs/
without any love:
a loveless marriage.
feeling no love.
receiving no love; unloved.
Origin of loveless
1275-1325; Middle English loveles. See love, -less
Related forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun Unabridged
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  • Would Joe and Moll find them and force them back to a life of lovelessness, hardship, and degradation?

    Two Little Travellers Frances Browne Arthur
  • But he was a miserable youth, too, and in the anguish of loneliness and lovelessness a home tempted him sorely.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • If hard work, oblivion and lovelessness were to be his lot, the hardest of these was lovelessness.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • To maintain that the difference is the result of love or lovelessness in the home does not tell the whole story.

    Child Versus Parent Stephen Wise
  • Julia felt that she could love no one and that she deserved endless commiseration for her lovelessness.

    Narcissus Evelyn Scott
  • We might add a clause to our litany,—From lovelessness and all manner of indifference, good Lord, deliver us!

    Is Polite Society Polite? Julia Ward Howe
British Dictionary definitions for lovelessness


without love: a loveless marriage
receiving or giving no love
Derived Forms
lovelessly, adverb
lovelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lovelessness



early 14c., "feeling no love;" late 14c. "unloved," from from love (n.) + -less. Attested from mid-13c. as a surname. Related: Lovelessly; lovelessness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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