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  • adj. Not lifelike.

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  • adj. without substance


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un- +‎ lifelike


  • Fedder gently lowered the dog onto it and her head bobbed in an ugly, unlifelike way.

    The Dog

  • He considered it “unlifelike,” ugly, and disturbing, and he discouraged Mother from hanging contemporary art in those areas of the house that he frequented.

    To Be a Rockefeller

  • Could one set the real person behind the frame and suddenly fix them for ever with one of those passing expressions on their faces, however natural it might have been at the moment, fixed for ever it is terrible, and most unlifelike.

    The Practice and Science of Drawing

  • The whole exhibition is grubby, unlifelike and depressing.

    As I Please

  • She also relieves her pent-up idealism in plays or books -- in high-wrought, "strong" novels, not in adventures in society such as the kitchen admires, but in stories with violent moral and emotional crises, whose characters, no matter how unlifelike, have "strong" thoughts, and make vital decisions; succeed or fail significantly.

    Definitions: Essays in Contemporary Criticism

  • It was a usual enough dream, wandering and unlifelike, not worth the telling; and I had been thinking so constantly of Mrs. Harman that there was nothing extraordinary in her worthless ex-husband's being part of it.

    The Guest of Quesnay

  • While, compared with later sculpture, they seem somewhat stiff and unlifelike, they harmonize wonderfully with the whole building, and the best of them are full of charm and dignity.

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

  • Before his time the frescoes, like the illuminations in the manuscripts of which we have spoken in a previous chapter, were exceedingly stiff and unlifelike.

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

  • "No, Phyllie," he answered in a queer, unlifelike way.


  • The novelist or poet is a difficult person for stage treatment; the pictures of the dramatist in the theatre are curiously unlifelike -- as unlifelike as the theatrical managers on the stage.

    Our Stage and Its Critics By "E.F.S." of "The Westminster Gazette"


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