bloodless bloodless  /b ˈləd ləs/


  1. (adj) destitute of blood or apparently so
  2. (adj) free from blood or bloodshed
  3. (adj) without vigor or zest or energy
  4. (adj) devoid of human emotion or feeling
  5. (adj) anemic looking from illness or emotion


  1. Erythropoietin is usually the drug of choice for bloodless medicine because of its stimulative effect on red-blood-cell production.
  2. After deposing Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in a bloodless army coup last September, Thailand's ruling junta promised to restore democracy by the end of this year.
  3. Tuesday in Libya was slated to be a blowout party for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, to mark the 40th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought him to power.


  1. Editorial: U.S. and Taliban talk about peace, and that's a start

    Since 1973, when King Mohammed Zahir Shah was ousted in a bloodless coup by his communist brother-in-law, pessimism about Afghanistan has generally not gone unrewarded.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Ventura County Star

  2. The Case Against Immigration Reform Just Got a Lot Uglier

    "It’s easier to frame opposition using the bloodless language of the budget than the combustible language of national character and composition," The Washington Post's Ezra Klein wrote this mornin, but the Congressional Budget Office has refuted argument by finding that immigration reform would cut almost $1 trillion from the federal deficit over the next 20 years. 
    on June 19, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News

  3. Bloodless Medicine safer and more cost effective for all, experts say

    Bloodless Medicine: Englewood Hospital is one of the Nationwide Leaders in these practices
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Record


  1. With the verdict, Chin said he was sending a message "that Mr. Madoff's crimes were extraordinarily evil, and that this kind of manipulation of the system is not just a bloodless crime that takes place on paper, but one instead that takes a...
    on Jun 29, 2009 By: Denny Chin Source: NPR

  2. "Just because this was a bloodless coup, it doesn't always remain that way," McKinnon said.
    on Dec 8, 2006 By: Don McKinnon Source: Forbes

  3. Burns said he worked hard to avoid presenting the war in a way "that removes you from experiencing it as real events, as though the Second World War, which is so wrapped in bloodless, gallant myth, is the good war. It's not the good war. It's the...
    on Sep 21, 2007 By: Ken Burns Source: Washington Post

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