Definitions

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  • adj. Lacking a shepherd.

Etymologies

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shepherd +‎ -less

Examples

  • They were like wolves feeding in a shepherdless fold.

    Stormblade

  • ‘But your people must not be both unarmed and shepherdless’ said Gandalf.

    The Lord of the Rings

  • In Matthew the ninth chapter and the thirty-sixth to the thirty-eighth verses, we are told that when he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion, and he commissioned the twelve and sent them forth that they might serve as shepherds to the people who appeared to be shepherdless.

    And Judas Iscariot Together with other evangelistic addresses

  • Or are we rather inclined to regard them as "black sheep," shepherdless, or herded only by subtle and deceptive hirelings?

    Things That Matter Most: Devotional Papers

  • And if I had to choose a sphere where one could rediscover the central forces of Christian life and of Christian practise, I would lean toward the enlightened democracies which to-day are vibrant with the plea that the shepherdless multitudes shall have social ameliorations and new incentives and selfless leaders.

    The World's Great Sermons, Volume 10 Drummond to Jowett, and General Index

  • Small feckless clouds were hurried across the vast untroubled sky -- shepherdless, futile, imponderable -- and were torn to fragments on the fangs of the mountains, so ending their ephemeral adventures with nothing of their fugitive existence left but a few tears.

    Gone to Earth

  • Finally he was taken up river for change of air, and, for lack of worthier substitute, the Governor and Captain West constrained me to remain and minister to the shepherdless flock.

    To Have and to Hold

  • If, therefore, while this flock remains shepherdless, and in search of my successor, I can be of actual service to you in supplying at any time this pulpit or performing pastoral labor, that service, beloved, shall be performed cheerfully.

    Recollections of a Long Life

  • Martin Boehm, of the Mennonites, to provide for the shepherdless

    A History of American Christianity

  • When Jesus saw the multitudes He was moved with compassion; He suffered in heart with them, for they were as shepherdless sheep, torn and distressed.

    Quiet Talks on the Crowned Christ of Revelation

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