bloodlessness

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From bloodless +‎ -ness.

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bloodlessness (uncountable)

  1. The characteristic of being bloodless.
    • 1900, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Great Boer War, London: Smith, Elder & Co., Chapter 9, p. 162,[1]
      The most striking lesson of the engagement is the extreme bloodiness of modern warfare under some conditions, and its bloodlessness under others.
    • 1933, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lost on Venus, Chapter 9,[2]
      The feature that struck me most forcibly was the strange hue of their skin, a repulsive, unhealthy pallor, a seeming bloodlessness.
    • 1946, Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, “The Grotto,”
      Her heart rebelled against the bloodlessness of his precision, but she had begun to watch him with a grudging admiration for a quality so alien to her own temperament.

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