Definition of soulless in English:

soulless

adjective

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

    ‘she found the apartment beautiful but soulless’
    • ‘She hadn't imagined it would be a soulless room with blank walls, filled with nothing but vinyl, CDs and a stereo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Murrayfield can be a soulless place but when the national team performs as they did yesterday it fairly hums with emotion.’
    • ‘The centre doesn't have much to attract people and it's a fairly soulless place.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Arjun feels perfectly at home in this clean, soulless environment.’
    • ‘It's the most soulless place I have ever been to - no atmosphere at all.’
    • ‘I think I know what he is trying to say - that modern England is an increasingly soulless place without distinction from other places.’
    • ‘These out-of-town sites are soulless and can be seen all over the country.’
    • ‘It follows two disaffected teenagers through the bland, soulless landscape of their suburban California existence.’
    • ‘I have found Brussels to be a soulless place, in which everything is closed in the evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Around the core are soulless developments and ugly roads and bridges reminiscent of any Western city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What's left of the city appears nondescript and soulless, without any apparent centre or focal point.’
    • ‘You know the places; largely soulless havens for thirty-somethings, the complete antithesis of a traditional British boozer.’
    • ‘Well, it was the most soulless place I've ever been.’
    • ‘Chelsea's training ground at Harlington in west London is a bleak, soulless place.’
    • ‘There can be no real comparison between the bright new Easterhouse, and the dark, soulless town of old.’
    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’
      • ‘He's hanging around the writers to get a job, hoping for a better-paid class of soulless and demeaning media work.’
      • ‘While tzedakah is a Jewish obligation, it is not meant to be fulfilled in a rote or soulless way.’
      • ‘In some cases, that's no doubt true; there's a lot of soulless work out there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's time to drift back into the soulless monotony of a five-day work week and inch closer and closer to death.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Lacking or suggesting the lack of human feelings and qualities.
      ‘two soulless black eyes were watching her’
      • ‘Tarkovsky no doubt saw himself pursuing the spiritual in human existence against the soulless, corrupt and morally bankrupt Stalinist leadership.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Dennis, brother of Roderick, also displays a soulless persona, unable to form emotional attachments with either women or men.’
      • ‘Even a fairly pathetic human being is better than being a soulless android.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Archbishop of York has condemned the Internet for ‘moving us towards a soulless society’ that will ‘reduce spiritualism and human intercourse’.’
      • ‘The Arts and Crafts movement of the 1860s and 1870s was a response to the soulless nature of capitalist development.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I watch these things from above, sitting on my lofty treetop, observing this human suffering with my beady, soulless, black eyes.’
      • ‘The higher purpose of art is evidently to correct the spiritual errors of a soulless, competitive, materialist society.’
      • ‘I remember his soulless eyes boring into mine in resentment, the detachedness of his touch, his monotonous voice.’

Pronunciation:

soulless

/ˈsəʊllɪs/