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  • n. The state of being soulless

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being without soul, in any sense of that word.


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  • It is apparent that they haven't involved a worker bee in planning, designing, or otherwise thinking through how the work will get done, and there is a kind of soullessness in the way that objectives and budgets are developed; they don't really seem to have a real relationship to the project's beneficiaries.

    Daniel Krotz: How to Write a Grant

  • But this latter melancholy is of a less poignant character than the former because what we seem superficially conscious of is not "soullessness" but a psychic life which is alien from our life, and therefore baffling and obscure.

    The Complex Vision

  • The danger of this, apart from its 'soullessness' is that these very people are then mentally disarmed in the fight over legitimacy in government, and will be of no use in preventing fascism wash over us all.

    Armed and Dangerous

  • The act shockingly showed the depths of Nuck's soullessness, especially after he swore he would repent to his conscience-stricken new bride, Margaret Kelly Macdonald.

    Cheers & Jeers: The Boardwalk-ing Dead

  • Their music — at least their last four albums in the 1970s — is viewed by some as a prime example of studio soullessness.

    Midweek Music Moment: Aja, Steely Dan « A Progressive on the Prairie

  • Last year, after exiting a gallery show in New York in Chelsea, I felt a physical illness induced by what I deemed to be the complete and utter soullessness of the work I had just viewed.

    Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson: The Museum As Transcendent Space

  • When the light goes out, we inflate with combustible soullessness.

    Getting Godless

  • That leads us into an entirely different discussion - about the soullessness of modern music and movies, about Billy Bob Thornton, and other non-political topics.

    Richard (RJ) Eskow: Kinky Speaks: The Independent Texan Talks Democrats, The Tea Party, And Rick Perry

  • Wealth in the West has ended poverty but has brought in its wake soullessness and materialism.

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach: Rise of the Religious Charlatans

  • The setting is "an opulent Connecticut home" and the subject is the soullessness of the upper-middle classes, whose members, Mr. Rapp assures us, are empty shells of brittle good manners whose only hope of redemption is to have wild sex and/or be led by their black servants down the path to politico-spiritual enlightenment.

    What Goes and Comes Around


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