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stanch +‎ -less


stanchless (comparative more stanchless, superlative most stanchless)

  1. Incapable of being stanched or stopped.
    • 1594, Michael Drayton, Matilda, London: Nicholas Ling and John Busby,[1]
      A stanchlesse hart, dead-wounded, euer bleeding,
      On whom that nere-fild vulture Loue sits feeding.
    • 1819, Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, “Aspley Wood” Canto 2, stanza 26, in Aonian Hours and Other Poems, London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, 2nd edition, 1820, p. 82,[2]
      We see, but cannot heal the stanchless wound,
      We share its gushing sorrow, still it bleeds;
    • 1856, Sydney Dobell, “Home, Wounded” in England in Time of War, London: Smith, Elder & Co., p. 105,[3]
      And while I listed long,
      Day rose, and still he sang,
      And all his stanchless song,
      As something falling unaware,
      Fell out of the tall trees he sang among,
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, New York: Viking, 1975, “Sutcliffe, the Venetian Documents,” p. 209,[4]
      In his little red notebook the following random thoughts formed and were jotted down, like the slow interior overflow of a stanchless music.
  2. (obsolete, figuratively) Incapable of being satisfied.
    • c. 1605, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene 3,[5]
      With this there grows
      In my most ill-composed affection such
      A stanchless avarice that, were I king,
      I should cut off the nobles for their lands,
    • 1612, Michael Drayton, Poly-Olbion, London: M. Lownes et al., Song 1, p. 9,[6]
      This loosness to their spoyle the Troians did allure,
      Who fiercely them assail’d: where stanchlesse furie rap’t
      The Grecians in so fast, that scarcely one escap’t: