Definition of bloodless in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblʌdləs/


1(Of a revolution or conflict) without violence or killing: a bloodless coup
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  • Nowhere is this link between the form and the content of bloodless revolution more recognizable than in Scott's Old Mortality.
  • In three months of daily protests, except for a few instances of arson and the police murdering one protestor, the Black Power revolution was bloodless.
  • But bloodless revolutions have been rather rare in Europe.
non-violent, peaceful, peaceable, pacifistic, strife-free, conflict-free, harmonious;
2(Of the skin) drained of colour: his bloodless lips
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  • His purple eyes are dull, and his skin is as bloodless as a corpse's.
  • And it was hard enough to think about her in the dream, what with her pale skin and bloodless face.
  • Her hair was pure white, her skin was ivory white, and her lips were almost bloodless.
2.1(Of a person) cold or ruthless: a shrewd and bloodless Hollywood mogul
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  • Martha is a bloodless engineer in the kitchen, as well as a disciplinarian in the dining room.
  • Until recently compilations of slave trade statistics have seemed to reduce one of the darkest episodes in world history into a set of abstract and bloodless figures.
  • Oh, and that nuke strike may be the most bloodless terrorist attack in the history of film.
2.2Lacking in vitality; feeble: a bloodless chorus
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  • It was mechanical, lifeless, bloodless and monotonous, but the material was brilliant.
  • In their universe all is bland, bloodless, bleached of character.
  • Giving has an emotional component, after all, and most of the new charity sites still feel a bit bland and bloodless.
feeble, spiritless, lifeless, passionless, listless, limp, unanimated, languid, half-hearted, unenthusiastic, lukewarm;



Pronunciation: /ˈblʌdləsli/
Example sentences
  • His key allies are now in place in the new Commons and the bloodlessly reshuffled government.
  • ‘Things seem to be going as planned, however, not as bloodlessly as I would have liked, ’.
  • The crushing of the Commune ended the dominance of French politics by the threat of Parisian uprisings that had begun in 1789, although the practice was revived, bloodlessly, in 1968.


Pronunciation: /ˈblʌdləsnəs/
Example sentences
  • An example of the authors' bloodlessness is their assertion that ‘Henry V's troops before the Battle of Agincourt were scared and concerned about the future’.
  • Seen close, she's even more pale than she appeared under club lights two nights ago, and there's a bloodlessness to that pallor that I've never seen but have heard described.
  • As the exhibition notes say, the drawing has ‘an air of sweetness, safety, bloodlessness.’

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