Definition of soulless in English:

soulless

adjective

  • 1(especially of a place) lacking character and individuality:

    ‘she found the apartment beautiful but soulless’
    • ‘The ground is lined on two sides by soulless, multi-lane roads, on another by a building site and on the fourth by five-storey public housing.’
    • ‘Well, it was the most soulless place I've ever been.’
    • ‘Around the core are soulless developments and ugly roads and bridges reminiscent of any Western city.’
    • ‘Chelsea's training ground at Harlington in west London is a bleak, soulless place.’
    • ‘It follows two disaffected teenagers through the bland, soulless landscape of their suburban California existence.’
    • ‘Arjun feels perfectly at home in this clean, soulless environment.’
    • ‘What's left of the city appears nondescript and soulless, without any apparent centre or focal point.’
    • ‘Sadly this defines the recent history of Bradford whereby a once-bustling, thriving city has slipped into a dreadful, run-down, empty and soulless place in terminal decline.’
    • ‘The commission has estimated the cost to local authorities of bogus or excessive compensation claims at £117m a year and say public spaces are becoming dreary, fun-free, soulless places.’
    • ‘You know the places; largely soulless havens for thirty-somethings, the complete antithesis of a traditional British boozer.’
    • ‘She hadn't imagined it would be a soulless room with blank walls, filled with nothing but vinyl, CDs and a stereo.’
    • ‘It organised immigrant workers in the unorganised car plants and engineering firms and gave them a sense of community in the soulless neighbourhoods in which they lived.’
    • ‘Murrayfield can be a soulless place but when the national team performs as they did yesterday it fairly hums with emotion.’
    • ‘It's the most soulless place I have ever been to - no atmosphere at all.’
    • ‘These out-of-town sites are soulless and can be seen all over the country.’
    • ‘I think I know what he is trying to say - that modern England is an increasingly soulless place without distinction from other places.’
    • ‘There can be no real comparison between the bright new Easterhouse, and the dark, soulless town of old.’
    • ‘The centre doesn't have much to attract people and it's a fairly soulless place.’
    • ‘I have found Brussels to be a soulless place, in which everything is closed in the evening.’
    • ‘Plenty of people who felt trapped inside that world promised themselves that they would never end up in such a soulless setting - and that they would certainly never make their own kids live there.’
    characterless, featureless, bland, dull, colourless, dreary, drab, uninspiring, unremarkable, unexceptional, undistinguished, unmemorable, grey, anaemic, insipid
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    1. 1.1 (of an activity) tedious and uninspiring:
      ‘soulless, non-productive work’
      • ‘It's time to drift back into the soulless monotony of a five-day work week and inch closer and closer to death.’
      • ‘While tzedakah is a Jewish obligation, it is not meant to be fulfilled in a rote or soulless way.’
      • ‘And talk about a numbing curse: a fruitless, soulless loop of activity that grows more meaningless with each passing cycle.’
      • ‘His work here, which is technically competent but soulless and uninspired, is unlikely to elevate him onto anyone's A-list.’
      • ‘There was something in living things that went way, way beyond the soulless physical existence of the concrete jungle, and that mysterious force was something that needed to be preserved.’
      • ‘He's hanging around the writers to get a job, hoping for a better-paid class of soulless and demeaning media work.’
      • ‘In some cases, that's no doubt true; there's a lot of soulless work out there.’
      boring, dull, deadly dull, tedious, dreary, routine, humdrum, ho-hum, tiresome, wearisome, uninteresting, uninspiring, unexciting, soul-destroying, mind-numbing, lifeless, dry
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    2. 1.2 Lacking or suggesting the lack of human feelings and qualities:
      ‘two soulless black eyes were watching her’
      • ‘I remember his soulless eyes boring into mine in resentment, the detachedness of his touch, his monotonous voice.’
      • ‘I watch these things from above, sitting on my lofty treetop, observing this human suffering with my beady, soulless, black eyes.’
      • ‘In the end, we're not quite sure if the soulless quality of the milieu he chronicles is a reflection of the world outside his head or the one inside it.’
      • ‘The Arts and Crafts movement of the 1860s and 1870s was a response to the soulless nature of capitalist development.’
      • ‘The Archbishop of York has condemned the Internet for ‘moving us towards a soulless society’ that will ‘reduce spiritualism and human intercourse’.’
      • ‘The higher purpose of art is evidently to correct the spiritual errors of a soulless, competitive, materialist society.’
      • ‘Put a few good men into corporations, and they become dull, soulless, humourless drudges given to tossing the word ‘defamatory’ around for no good reason.’
      • ‘Government alone without religion is soulless and lacking any moral framework, they say.’
      • ‘Its markings were unmistakeable, as were the large, soulless, jet black eyes.’
      • ‘Tarkovsky no doubt saw himself pursuing the spiritual in human existence against the soulless, corrupt and morally bankrupt Stalinist leadership.’
      • ‘Even a fairly pathetic human being is better than being a soulless android.’
      • ‘Dennis, brother of Roderick, also displays a soulless persona, unable to form emotional attachments with either women or men.’

Pronunciation

soulless

/ˈsəʊllɪs/