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sun +‎ -less


sunless (comparative more sunless, superlative most sunless)

  1. Without the sun or sunshine; shaded; shadowed.
    • 1816, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan (or, a Vision in a Dream. A Fragment):
      In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
      A stately pleasure dome decree:
      Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
      Through caverns measureless to man
      Down to a sunless sea.
  2. (figuratively) Dreary, cheerless.
    • 1857, Charlotte Brontë, The Professor, ch. 18:
      When I first saw her, her countenance was sunless, her complexion colourless; she looked like one who had no source of enjoyment, no store of bliss anywhere in the world.

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