Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Lacking strength or pith; weak.
  • adj. Not cogent.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Destitute of pith, or of strength; feeble.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Without pith; wanting strength; weak.
  • Lacking cogency or force.

Etymologies

pith +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There are some that detest them as a kind of sacrilege and count it the height of impiety to speak so irreverently of such hidden things, rather to be adored than explicated; to dispute of them with such profane and heathenish niceties; to define them so arrogantly and pollute the majesty of divinity with such pithless and sordid terms and opinions.

    In Praise of Folly

  • "I am not," says Bolli, "for it seems to me a feeble, pithless thing."

    Epic and Romance Essays on Medieval Literature

  • The grass that gets no other light grows slim and pithless, bearing no seed-knot on its slender top.

    The Parables of Our Lord

  • Then the goddess, strange and ominous to see, fashions into the likeness of Aeneas a thin and pithless shade of hollow mist, decks it with Dardanian weapons, and gives it the mimicry of shield and divine helmet plume, gives unsubstantial [640-673] words and senseless utterance, and the mould and motion of his tread: like shapes rumoured to flit when death is past, or dreams that delude the slumbering senses.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • The Lords amended it to death, and sent it back to the Commons -- the poor and pithless shadow of its former self.

    The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, February, 1886. The Bay State Monthly, Volume 4, No. 2, February, 1886.

  • For over those the sun has had power since their birth, consuming their marrows and evaporating their blood so that they became pithless things that have to fly indoors for half the day and leave the

    The Judge

  • That was a tame and pithless performance, and if Jasper was in it at all he was evidently resting his better forces for the bigger battle at three o'clock in the impending afternoon.

    John Jasper: The Unmatched Negro Philosopher and Preacher

  • An 'he is but a fusionless carlie, O. [pithless old fellow]

    Robert Burns How To Know Him

  • It was her fault that he was such a poor creature; "a pithless creature; I've made you so!" she said.

    The Iron Woman

  • When their first pithless tenderness is past, we strip them and aim at hardening them to the temperature of the various seasons, till heat does not incommode nor frost paralyse them.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

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