Definition of bloodless in US English:

bloodless

adjective

  • 1(of a revolution or conflict) without violence or killing.

    ‘a bloodless coup’
    • ‘Nowhere is this link between the form and the content of bloodless revolution more recognizable than in Scott's Old Mortality.’
    • ‘The October Revolution was carried through in a nearly bloodless coup by the Bolsheviks under the leadership of Lenin.’
    • ‘The unusually bloodless conflicts of the past 12 years have made political leaders somewhat risk averse.’
    • ‘Much of this economic merriment can be ascribed to the miracle of our virtually bloodless revolution and the government's macro-economic policy.’
    • ‘It is the equivalent of a bloodless coup d' état.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Twelve political parties and three coalitions are fielding candidates in the election, organised just six months after a bloodless coup toppled the president.’
    • ‘To paraphrase Jefferson, they can effect a bloodless revolution.’
    • ‘Devolution of function from central government to the stronger local units would have involved an intensification of the land value charges at the expense of income taxes - a bloodless revolution!’
    • ‘But bloodless revolutions have been rather rare in Europe.’
    • ‘Britain's class war had been a brief, bloodless skirmish.’
    • ‘We need to abandon the fantasy of a bloodless war and get this fight over with, I think.’
    • ‘The fact that England's revolution was bloodless implicitly grounds his claim that Enlightenment in Britain differed in significant ways from Enlightenment in France.’
    • ‘According to this morning's papers, ‘This was a bloodless revolution’ and ‘People power prevailed’.’
    • ‘This was the first bloodless revolution the city, which has been burned down forty times in its history.’
    • ‘He cut tax rates from 70 to 28 percent, restored our spirit, rebuilt the armed forces into the most formidable the world had ever seen, and led us to bloodless victory in the Cold War.’
    • ‘If they had succeeded, it would have been a bloodless revolution, and our lives today might be different and immensely better.’
    • ‘Over 30 countries experienced nearly entirely bloodless revolutions in the span of a few months in 1989-90, and nobody saw it coming.’
    • ‘By mid February he had assumed control of the city in a remarkable bloodless coup.’
    • ‘A bloodless revolution is possible, but only if it's supported by a clear majority of the populace, who are no longer afraid to say what they think for fear of being shot.’
    • ‘Landing in France in March 1815, he deposed the Bourbons in a bloodless revolution.’
    non-violent, peaceful, peaceable, pacifistic, strife-free, conflict-free, harmonious
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  • 2(of the skin or a part of the body) drained of color.

    ‘his bloodless lips’
    • ‘Her fingers suddenly look anemically bloodless, their paleness complemented by her white long sleeves.’
    • ‘His perfectly straight nose was exactly proportionate to his mouth with his almost bloodless lips.’
    • ‘Sebastian's face was as pale as his hands, nearly bloodless, and pointed in a rather elfin manner.’
    • ‘The golden-haired man sits on the edge of his couch, drumming his fingers atop the coffee table so hard that his fingertips turn a bloodless white.’
    • ‘She bit her lower lip, which had gone pale and bloodless.’
    • ‘The soul-shattering scream still wrenched from Elaine's bloodless lips.’
    • ‘He smiled, a thin sliver of teeth between his bloodless lips.’
    • ‘No smile or laughter escaped from those bloodless lips.’
    • ‘His thin, bloodless lips were a pale pink and were in danger of turning white in contrast to his nearly-black dark brown hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He heard a moan come from her bloodless lips and then the door was shut and his wife cut from his view.’
    • ‘Beside her in the passenger's seat, Beth clutches her hands together so hard that the fingers are white and bloodless.’
    • ‘She still hadn't said a word, but her face was bloodless, her lips white.’
    • ‘Her face was white as sheet, her lips bloodless.’
    • ‘She fell to her knees, small noises escaping her bloodless lips.’
    • ‘The skin was thin and bloodless, the fingers spatulate, a swollen knob at each joint and knuckle.’
    • ‘Barney whirls on him and glares - eyes big as goose eggs, lips pursed and bloodless.’
    • ‘His purple eyes are dull, and his skin is as bloodless as a corpse's.’
    • ‘Blonde hair spilled onto the ground, leading the eye to a bloodless face, the eyes closed and features still.’
    anaemic, pale, wan, pallid, ashen, colourless, chalky, chalk-white, milky, waxen, white, grey
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    1. 2.1 (of a person) cold or unemotional.
      ‘a shrewd and bloodless Hollywood mogul’
      • ‘Martha is a bloodless engineer in the kitchen, as well as a disciplinarian in the dining room.’
      • ‘This woman, this humourless bloodless shambles of a person, was entirely sure that the sign was not open to interpretation by her or anyone else.’
      • ‘Which makes it all the more disappointing that the language used by most start-ups is so cold, so bloodless, so calculating.’
      • ‘They weren't cruel people - just bigoted, bloodless and closed-minded.’
      • ‘In pictures he appears bloodless and stern, but in the flesh he is surprisingly normal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It may be, then, that I have the makings of a soulless, bloodless, heartless academic in me; it may be that I have no moral sense, no conscience, no shame.’
      • ‘It's cold and bloodless, but efficient and accurate.’
      • ‘Her character portraits are cold and bloodless, and her self-conscious literary tone has the musty odor of a vanity-press poetry journal.’
      • ‘Oh, and that nuke strike may be the most bloodless terrorist attack in the history of film.’
      • ‘Neither we nor they seem to understand why this new, bloodless God should even matter.’
      heartless, unfeeling, cruel
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    2. 2.2 Lacking in vitality; feeble.
      ‘their occasionally bloodless chamber jazz’
      • ‘In their universe all is bland, bloodless, bleached of character.’
      • ‘For many, scientific materialism is not a bloodless philosophy but a passionately held ideology.’
      • ‘It made him seem rather bloodless, rather passionless.’
      • ‘Giving has an emotional component, after all, and most of the new charity sites still feel a bit bland and bloodless.’
      • ‘It was mechanical, lifeless, bloodless and monotonous, but the material was brilliant.’
      feeble, spiritless, lifeless, passionless, listless, limp, unanimated, languid, half-hearted, unenthusiastic, lukewarm
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Pronunciation

bloodless

/ˈblədləs//ˈblədləs/