• WordNet 3.6
    • adj bloodless destitute of blood or apparently so "the bloodless carcass of my Hector sold"- John Dryden"
    • adj bloodless free from blood or bloodshed "bloodless surgery","a bloodless coup"
    • adj bloodless anemic looking from illness or emotion "a face turned ashen","the invalid's blanched cheeks","tried to speak with bloodless lips","a face livid with shock","lips...livid with the hue of death"- Mary W. Shelley","lips white with terror","a face white with rage"
    • adj bloodless devoid of human emotion or feeling "charts of bloodless economic indicators"
    • adj bloodless without vigor or zest or energy "an insipid and bloodless young man"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Canadian province of New Brunswick had a bloodless war with the US state of Maine in 1839
    • Bloodless Destitute of blood, or apparently so; as, bloodless cheeks; lifeless; dead. "The bloodless carcass of my Hector sold."
    • Bloodless Not attended with shedding of blood, or slaughter; as, a bloodless victory.
    • Bloodless Without spirit or activity. "Thou bloodless remnant of that royal blood !"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • bloodless Without blood; drained of blood; dead from loss of blood.
    • bloodless Pale or colorless from defect of blood; pallid: as, bloodless lips.
    • bloodless Free from bloodshed; unattended by blood: as, a bloodless victory; “with bloodless stroke,”
    • bloodless Without spirit or energy.
    • bloodless Cold-hearted: as, bloodless charity or ceremony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Bloodless without blood, dead: without the shedding of blood:
    • adj Bloodless (Shak.) without spirit or activity
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. blōdleás,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. blód—root blówan, to bloom; cog. with Old. Fris. blód, Ger. blut.


In literature:

This conquest, bloodless and easy as it was, was fraught with momentous consequences.
"American Men of Action" by Burton E. Stevenson
He could be friends with her, while he moved from the other as from a bloodless wraith.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
His uneasiness became a great fear, and he felt that his face was bloodless.
"Charred Wood" by Myles Muredach
They were pallid, washed-out, bloodless; even the youngest looked past middle-age.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
His skin looked bloodless, and his eyes still had that hard, pale look.
"The Bad Man" by Charles Hanson Towne
Squeeze a finger-nail, and if no blood appears beneath it, safura is the cause of the bloodlessness.
"The Last Journals of David Livingstone, in Central Africa, from 1865 to His Death, Volume II (of 2), 1869-1873" by David Livingstone
Not humor but mordant irony had given birth to the sardonic smile on his thin, bloodless lips.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
Her face was as bloodless as wax and was a little turned aside.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
While it lasts, even a bloodless revolution can be very tiresome; almost as disquieting as a general election.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 159, October 6, 1920" by Various
You wish for a bloodless rebellion; but that can not be, not among our people.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath

In poetry:

Once more the liberal year laughs out
O'er richer stores than gems or gold;
Once more with harvest-song and shout
Is Nature's bloodless triumph told.
"For An Autumn festival" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh no. To see him again —
it would not matter where —
in heaven's deadwater
or inside the boiling vortex,
under serene moons or in bloodless fright!
"To See Him Again" by Gabriela Mistral
And mingling with them comes a measured strain,
The tramp and music of a marching band;
I fight my bloodless 'battles o'er again,'
In arms for father-land.
"Good-bye To Oxford" by Samuel John Stone
Quietly her bloodless lips repeat:
"Johannes, why did you go away?"
In despair and sorrow complete.
The fog hangs heavy in the street,
The early morn is cold and grey…
"Johannes" by Hristo Smirnenski
Our name should be a name for hope to utter,
A watchword for the chosen of the land;
A bloodless nation-flag, beneath whose flutter
The earnest soldiers of the earth should stand.
"An Apology" by Edwin Arnold
What is the gilded chaplet worth,
That decks a conqueror's brow?
There is no conqueror on earth
Of nobler kind, than thou,
For bloodless victories are thine,
Whose splendor never shall decline.
"To P.S. White" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

"Farewell My Queen" combines bloodless observations and unresolved sexuality.
Jehovah's Witness who needed bloodless transplant dies.
Justin Cronin's 'The Twelve': Bloodless sequel to best-selling 'Passage.
The XX's "Coexist" Exquisite but Bloodless .
The Tech That Transformed Birdwatching Into a Bloodless Sport.
Bloodless trauma victim of Iraq war.
It was a bloodless, dispirited, dishonest exchange of largely false information, and lies by omission.
In the original "Star Trek" series, a popular episode centered on two planets that fought a bloodless war through computer simulation but then delivered real casualties.
Jehovah 's Witness who needed bloodless transplant dies.
Timor- Leste : fingers crossed for bloodless election.
American Gangster is oddly bloodless.
Stigma can be described as a bloodless abstraction, a thing pondered intellectually rather than felt as rejection in the pit of your gut.
While serving as the country's third president, he was overthrown in a bloodless military coup as he was phasing in democratic reforms.
The XX's "Coexist" Exquisite but Bloodless.
The XX's " Coexist " Exquisite but Bloodless.