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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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The deposition of King James VII and II in 1688 was celebrated at the time for its comparative bloodlessness.
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.
Ichor, as Emerson suggests, is the godlike blood of Greek mythology, a divine replacement of human blood--yet more Emersonian bloodlessness.
From another angle, the same word might indicate conventionality, bloodlessness, or calculated orthodoxy.