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1. Deficient in or lacking blood.
2. Pale and anemic in color: smiled with bloodless lips.
3. Achieved without bloodshed: a bloodless coup.
4. Lacking vivacity or spirit: a long, bloodless speech.
5. Devoid of human emotion or feeling: charts of bloodless economic indicators.

blood′less·ly adv.
blood′less·ness n.


n (of victory, coup)Unblutigkeit f; (= pallidness)Blutleere f, → Bleichheit f
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I would argue that it functions as an oblique form of bloodlessness that is designed less to combat the potential suspicion arising from Fanny's paternal lineage than to dismiss the criteria of bloodlines altogether.
Something else must be invoked to account for the bloodlessness of investors and entrepreneurs during recent years.
This consciousness of their own apparent bloodlessness comes out in poets such as Shelley as both agonized admission and badge of honor, and contributed to the later push-back against men of action by Baudelaire and the decadents.