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soulless (comparative more soulless, superlative most soulless)
- As if without a soul; insensitive, unfeeling.
- c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene ii], page 366:
- Go backe I warrant thee: but Ile catch thine eyes / Though they had wings. Slaue, Soule-leſſe, Villain, Dog. / O rarely baſe!
- 1813, Lord Byron, The Giaour, a Fragment of a Turkish Tale, London: […] T[homas] Davison, […], for John Murray, […], →OCLC, page 12:
- Oh! who young Leila's glance could read / And keep that portion of his creed / Which saith, that woman is but dust, / A soulless toy for tyrant's lust?
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, chapter XLVI, in Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented […], volume (please specify |volume=I to III), London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], →OCLC:
- “Done?” he said, with a soulless sneer in the word.
- 1913, Edgar Rice Burroughs, chapter 3, in The Monster Men, published 1929:
- Number One had never before seen a woman, but the sight of this one awoke in the unplumbed depths of his soulless breast a great desire to lay his hands upon her.
- 2016 September 20, Barack Obama, Remarks at the United Nations General Assembly:
- But I do believe there’s another path—one that fuels growth and innovation, and offers the clearest route to individual opportunity and national success. It does not require succumbing to a soulless capitalism that benefits only the few, but rather recognizes that economies are more successful when we close the gap between rich and poor, and growth is broadly based.
- 2022 November 30, Nick Brodrick, “Pride and innovation shine at St Pancras”, in RAIL, number 971, page 69:
- St Pancras is no longer soulless. The NRA accolade says it all: its soul is back where it truly belongs!
as if without a soul