Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being pathless.

Etymologies

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pathless +‎ -ness

Examples

  • We aren't slaves to the author's breadcrumbs; in fact, post-modern novelists celebrate this pathlessness.

    Adam Hanft: Brave New Chapter: The Simon & Schuster eBook Announcement

  • I haven't taken the class, but I know it highlights a pivotal point in the Buddhist path; a revolution of sorts from aimless pathlessness to spiritual progress.

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  • It is not cheery, but dreary, to be left in pathlessness, blanketless, guideless, and with breadths of lake and mountain and Nature, shaggy and bearish, between man and man.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 62, December, 1862

  • Perhaps no one again, till Shelley came, felt the vastness, the pathlessness, of the heaven as Milton did.

    Milton

  • So it was that, a belated reader, I came across his lament over our pathlessness, some years after my having had a hand -- or a foot, as you might say -- in the making of a certain cross-lots foot-way which led me to study the windings and turnings of the longer countryside walks until I got the idea of writing

    Jersey Street and Jersey Lane Urban and Suburban Sketches

  • The walls and the ways would have stood -- it is we who have left not one stone upon another, and restored its pathlessness to the desert; the great cathedrals of old religion would have stood -- it is we who have dashed down the carved work with axes and hammers, and bid the mountain-grass bloom upon the pavement, and the sea-winds chant in the galleries.

    A Joy For Ever (And Its Price in the Market)

  • a drearier pathlessness than when the forest covered it.

    Main Street (From: "The Snow Image and Other Twice-Told Tales")

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