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Definition of LIFELESS

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Lifeless \Life"less\, a.
     Destitute of life, or deprived of life; not containing, or inhabited by, living beings or vegetation; dead, or apparently dead; spiritless; powerless; dull; as, a lifeless carcass; lifeless matter; a lifeless desert; a lifeless wine; a lifeless story. -- {Life"less*ly}, adv. -- {Life"less*ness}, n.

     Syn: Dead; soulless; inanimate; torpid; inert; inactive; dull; heavy; unanimated; spiritless; frigid; pointless; vapid; flat; tasteless.

     Usage: {Lifeless}, {Dull}, {Inanimate}, {Dead}. In a moral sense, lifeless denotes a lack of vital energy; inanimate, a lack of expression as to any feeling that may be possessed; dull implies a torpor of soul which checks all mental activity; dead supposes a destitution of feeling. A person is said to be lifeless who has lost the spirits which he once had; he is said to be inanimate when he is naturally wanting in spirits; one is dull from an original deficiency of mental power; he who is dead to moral sentiment is wholly bereft of the highest attribute of his nature. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

191 Moby Thesaurus words for "lifeless": abeyant, abiotic, apathetic, arid, asleep, asleep in Jesus, at rest, azoic, bare, barren, benumbed, bereft of life, blah, blank, blase, bleak, bloodless, bored, boring, breathless, called home, carrion, cataleptic, catatonic, characterless, cold, colorless, croaked, dead, dead and gone, deadened, death-struck, debilitated, deceased, defunct, demised, departed, departed this life, desert, desolate, destitute of life, dismal, done for, dopey, dormant, drab, draggy, drearisome, dreary, droopy, drugged, dry, dryasdust, dull, dumb, dusty, effete, elephantine, empty, enervated, etiolated, exanimate, extinct, fade, fallen, finished, flat, food for worms, foul, gone, gone to glory, gone west, groggy, heavy, hebetudinous, ho-hum, hollow, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inane, inanimate, inanimated, inert, inexcitable, insensate, insensible, insentient, insipid, jaded, jejune, lackadaisical, lackluster, languid, languorous, late, late lamented, latent, launched into eternity, leaden, lethargic, listless, logy, low-spirited, lumpish, lusterless, martyred, mat, moribund, mute, no more, nonconscious, nonliving, numb, pale, pallid, passed on, passive, pedestrian, phlegmatic, plodding, pointless, poky, ponderous, pooped, prosaic, prosy, pushing up daisies, released, reposing, resting easy, sainted, sated, sedentary, senseless, slack, sleeping, sleepy, slow, sluggish, slumbering, smitten with death, smoldering, solemn, somber, somnolent, soulless, spiritless, stagnant, stagnating, stale, standing, static, sterile, stiff, still, stillborn, stodgy, stuffy, stultified, superficial, supine, suspended, taken away, taken off, tame, tasteless, tedious, tiresome, torpid, unanimated, unaroused, unconscious, unfeeling, uninhabited, uninteresting, unlively, unmoving, unoccupied, vapid, vegetable, vegetative, wan, waste, weary, with the Lord, with the saints, without life, without vital functions, wooden, world-weary


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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