expressionless


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ex·pres·sion·less

 (ĭk-sprĕsh′ən-lĭs)
adj.
Lacking expression: Their faces remained expressionless as they listened to the bad news.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.expressionless - deliberately impassive in mannerexpressionless - deliberately impassive in manner; "deadpan humor"; "his face remained expressionless as the verdict was read"
incommunicative, uncommunicative - not inclined to talk or give information or express opinions

expressionless

adjective blank, empty, deadpan, straight-faced, wooden, dull, vacuous, inscrutable, poker-faced (informal) He did his best to keep his face expressionless.

expressionless

adjective
Lacking expression:
Translations
غَيْر مُعَبِّر، تَعْبيري
udtryksløs
ilmeetön
svipbrigîalaus
ifadesiz

expressionless

[ɪksˈpreʃənlɪs] ADJsin expresión, inexpresivo

expressionless

[ɪkˈsprɛʃənləs] adj [face] → inexpressif/ive
His wife sat expressionless beside him → Sa femme s'assit à côté de lui, le visage inexpressif.

expressionless

adj personunbewegt; face, eyes, look, voiceausdruckslos

expressionless

[ɪkˈsprɛʃənlɪs] adj (pej) (face) → impassibile; (of artistic performance) → senza sentimento
an expressionless voice → una voce che non tradisce (or tradiva) emozioni

express

(ikˈspres) verb
1. to put into words. He expressed his ideas very clearly.
2. (with oneself etc) to put one's own thoughts into words. You haven't expressed yourself clearly.
3. to show (thoughts, feelings etc) by looks, actions etc. She nodded to express her agreement.
4. to send by fast (postal) delivery. Will you express this letter, please?
adjective
1. travelling, carrying goods etc, especially fast. an express train; express delivery.
2. clearly stated. You have disobeyed my express wishes.
adverb
by express train or fast delivery service. Send your letter express.
noun
1. an express train. the London to Cardiff express.
2. the service provided eg by the post office for carrying goods etc quickly. The parcel was sent by express.
exˈpressly adverb
in clear, definite words. I expressly forbade you to do that.
exˈpression (-ʃən) noun
1. a look on one's face that shows one's feelings. He always has a bored expression on his face.
2. a word or phrase. `Dough' is a slang expression for `money`.
3. (a) showing of thoughts or feelings by words, actions etc. This poem is an expression of his grief.
4. the showing of feeling when eg reciting, reading aloud or playing a musical instrument. Put more expression into your playing!
exˈpressionless adjective
(of a face or voice) showing no feeling. a cold, expressionless tone.
exˈpressive (-siv) adjective
showing meaning or feeling clearly. She has an expressive look on her face.
exˈpressiveness noun
exˈpressively adverb
exˈpressway noun
a divided highway; a motorway.
References in classic literature ?
After wearying one's self with the acres of stuffy, sappy, expressionless babies that populate the canvases of the Old Masters of Italy, it is refreshing to stand before this peerless child and feel that thrill which tells you you are at last in the presence of the real thing.
As I came back to myself I glanced at Sola, who had witnessed this encounter and I was surprised to note a strange expression upon her usually expressionless countenance.
Monty's hand was limp and cold, his eyes were glazed and expressionless.
At the sound of his wife's voice he stopped and stared at her with a somnambulistic, expressionless gaze so long that Mrs Verloc moved her limbs slightly under the bed-clothes.
Bagration cast his large, expressionless, sleepy eyes round his suite, and the boyish face Rostov, breathless with excitement and hope, was the first to catch his eye.
Pitcher, confidential clerk in the office of Harvey Maxwell, broker, allowed a look of mild interest and surprise to visit his usually expressionless countenance when his employer briskly entered at half past nine in company with his young lady stenographer.
Kneeling on the stone floor, in very much the same attitude as he had found her earlier in the day, Hannah Cox was crouching patiently by the door which led into the boathouse, her face expressionless, her ear turned towards the crack.
He looked at her steadily for a moment, but whether in surprise, in anger, or in pity his expressionless face did not reveal.
I looked at the maid, but her face was expressionless.
Major Thomson's face was expressionless and his murmured word non-committal.
He had turned his head slightly towards her, and though his face was, as usual, expressionless, and his eyes cold and hard, she found nevertheless something of meaning in his steady regard.
He would stand listening, expressionless, a thing dead, save for his eyes, coldly burning, while their talk of the Revolution ran high and warm.