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bowel +‎ -less


bowelless (comparative more bowelless, superlative most bowelless)

  1. (obsolete) Without pity.
    • 1716, Thomas Browne, Christian Morals, 2nd edition edited by Samuel Johnson, London: J. Payne, 1756, pp. 49-50,[1]
      If avarice be thy vice, yet make it not thy punishment. Miserable men commiserate not themselves, bowelless unto others, and merciless unto their own bowels.
    • 1792, “Louis XIV,” The European Magazine and London Review, Volume 22, July 1792, p. 8,[2]
      On his coffin at St. Denis, by the side of which stands the urn that contains his bowels, some one wrote,
      C’y gyst sans entrailles,
      Comme il etoit à Versailles.
      What little change in men by death is made!
      Louis the Great here bowelless is laid;
      Such as he play’d the tyrant’s lofty part
      At proud Versailles, and liv’d without a heart.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for bowelless in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)