spiritlessness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spiritlessness the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Spiritlessness the state of being spiritless: want of animation or energy
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spiritus, a breath—spirāre, to breathe.

Usage

In literature:

She is no "meke mayd" to be ground into a spiritless slave.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The tiny creature looked spiritless and forlorn.
"Squirrels and Other Fur-Bearers" by John Burroughs
I felt myself naked and ashamed, stripped of my virtue, spiritless.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864" by Various
The skipper shook his head spiritlessly and pointed to the table.
"More Cargoes" by W. W. Jacobs
The sergeants tried to imitate his counting, but compared to him they were hoarse and spiritless.
"At Plattsburg" by Allen French
A mean, spiritless, and utterly useless rascal.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It's them towns as makes you pale and spiritless.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
Essentially he was peace-loving even to the point of being spiritless.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
In these respects they are infinitely superior to the timid, spiritless men.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
She was disappointed and spiritless when she reached the ranchhouse, and very tired, physically.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
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In poetry:

See yon tall stripling! how he droops forlorn!
How slow his pace! how spiritless his eye!
Like a dark cloud in summer's rosy dawn,
He saddens pleasure as he passes by.
"The Heir" by Matilda Betham
Ah, why should the brief bliss of life's little day
Grow cold in this spot as the spiritless clay,
And thought be at work with the long-buried hours,
And tears be bedewing these fresh-smiling flowers!
"Lines, On Visiting Pine Grove Cemetery" by Mary Baker Eddy
That is the fear she has—the fear
His soul may beat and be beating at her dull sense
Like Blue Mary's angel, dovelike against a pane
Blinded to all but the grey, spiritless room
It looks in on, and must go on looking in on.
"Widow" by Sylvia Plath
Or far into the heat among the sands
The gembok nations, snuffing up the wind,
Drawn by the scent of water—­and the bands
Of tawny-bearded lions pacing, blind
With the sun-dazzle in their midst, opprest
With prey, and spiritless for lack of rest!
"The Four Bridges" by Jean Ingelow

In news:

The spiritless "farm to table" theme haphazardly driven home by the cheftestants' visit to Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns in upstate New York.
Growing up in Marietta, Georgia, I had only one option for ice-skating: a spiritless indoor rink , where everyone in the entire state seems to come at the same time.
Growing up in Marietta, Georgia, I had only one option for ice-skating: a spiritless indoor rink, where everyone in the entire state seems to come at the same time.
As I read this passage again I thought of the meekest, most spiritless person I knew.
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