Definition of bloodless in English:



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

    ‘a bloodless coup’
    • ‘But bloodless revolutions have been rather rare in Europe.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Britain's class war had been a brief, bloodless skirmish.’
    • ‘To paraphrase Jefferson, they can effect a bloodless revolution.’
    • ‘Nowhere is this link between the form and the content of bloodless revolution more recognizable than in Scott's Old Mortality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We need to abandon the fantasy of a bloodless war and get this fight over with, I think.’
    • ‘Much of this economic merriment can be ascribed to the miracle of our virtually bloodless revolution and the government's macro-economic policy.’
    • ‘This was the first bloodless revolution the city, which has been burned down forty times in its history.’
    • ‘Twelve political parties and three coalitions are fielding candidates in the election, organised just six months after a bloodless coup toppled the president.’
    • ‘Landing in France in March 1815, he deposed the Bourbons in a bloodless revolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If they had succeeded, it would have been a bloodless revolution, and our lives today might be different and immensely better.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to this morning's papers, ‘This was a bloodless revolution’ and ‘People power prevailed’.’
    • ‘The fact that England's revolution was bloodless implicitly grounds his claim that Enlightenment in Britain differed in significant ways from Enlightenment in France.’
    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’
    • ‘The skin was thin and bloodless, the fingers spatulate, a swollen knob at each joint and knuckle.’
    • ‘His purple eyes are dull, and his skin is as bloodless as a corpse's.’
    • ‘Her hair was pure white, her skin was ivory white, and her lips were almost bloodless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it was hard enough to think about her in the dream, what with her pale skin and bloodless face.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘No smile or laughter escaped from those bloodless lips.’
    • ‘Barney whirls on him and glares - eyes big as goose eggs, lips pursed and bloodless.’
    • ‘He heard a moan come from her bloodless lips and then the door was shut and his wife cut from his view.’
    • ‘Her face was white as sheet, her lips bloodless.’
    • ‘She fell to her knees, small noises escaping her bloodless lips.’
    • ‘Beside her in the passenger's seat, Beth clutches her hands together so hard that the fingers are white and bloodless.’
    • ‘Sebastian's face was as pale as his hands, nearly bloodless, and pointed in a rather elfin manner.’
    • ‘She still hadn't said a word, but her face was bloodless, her lips white.’
    • ‘She bit her lower lip, which had gone pale and bloodless.’
    • ‘His thin, bloodless lips were a pale pink and were in danger of turning white in contrast to his nearly-black dark brown hair.’
    • ‘He smiled, a thin sliver of teeth between his bloodless lips.’
    • ‘The soul-shattering scream still wrenched from Elaine's bloodless lips.’
    • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Which makes it all the more disappointing that the language used by most start-ups is so cold, so bloodless, so calculating.’
      • ‘It's cold and bloodless, but efficient and accurate.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Neither we nor they seem to understand why this new, bloodless God should even matter.’
      • ‘Oh, and that nuke strike may be the most bloodless terrorist attack in the history of film.’
      • ‘Her character portraits are cold and bloodless, and her self-conscious literary tone has the musty odor of a vanity-press poetry journal.’
      • ‘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.’
      heartless, unfeeling, cruel
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    2. 2.2Lacking in vitality; feeble.
      ‘their occasionally bloodless chamber jazz’
      • ‘For many, scientific materialism is not a bloodless philosophy but a passionately held ideology.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It made him seem rather bloodless, rather passionless.’
      • ‘In their universe all is bland, bloodless, bleached of character.’
      feeble, spiritless, lifeless, passionless, listless, limp, unanimated, languid, half-hearted, unenthusiastic, lukewarm
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