One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘they dropped the lifeless body into the shallow grave’
dead, deceased, defunct, departed, late, extinct, perished, gone, no more, passed away, passed on, stiff, cold, dead as a doornail, as dead as a doornail
rare demised, exanimate
2‘a lifeless rag doll’
inanimate, inorganic, without life, inert, insentient, insensate, wooden, mechanical, abiotic
3‘a lifeless planet’
barren, sterile, bare, desolate, stark, arid, infertile, uncultivated, empty, uninhabited, unoccupied
cold, bleak, joyless, colourless, characterless, soulless
4‘he spoke in a dull, lifeless voice’
lacklustre, spiritless, lacking vitality, apathetic, torpid, lethargic
dull, monotonous, boring, tedious, dreary, insipid, unexciting, wearisome, bland, drab, dry, flat, static, stiff, wooden, mechanical, uninspired, inexpressive, expressionless, emotionless, colourless, characterless, two-dimensional, uninspiring
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