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From Middle English blodles, from Old English blōdlēas (bloodless), equivalent to blood +‎ -less. Cognate with Dutch bloedeloos (bloodless), German blutlos (bloodless), Danish blodløs (bloodless), Swedish blodlös (bloodless), Icelandic blóðlaus (bloodless).


bloodless (comparative more bloodless, superlative most bloodless)

  1. Lacking blood; ashen, anaemic.
  2. Taking place without loss of blood.
    a bloodless conquest; a bloodless coup d'état; a bloodless revolution; a bloodless victory
    • 1892, Rev. Herbert Henry Gowen, The Paradise of the Pacific (page 129)
      Now and then a gaudy peacock would run from his shelter in the lauhala trees, but no wild boars came out, so we returned from our raid bloodless and spoilless.
  3. Lacking emotion, passion or vivacity.
    • 1937, “No. 1 Rumanian,” Time, 8 February, 1937,[1]
      Those Philharmonic subscribers who considered Guest Conductor Igor Stravinsky too bloodless and ascetic [] last week found his successor, Georges Enesco, more to their taste.

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