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spiritless adj
1 lacking ardor or vigor or energy; "a spiritless reply to criticism" [ant: spirited]
2 lacking spirit; "it was a spiritless attempt"
3 evidencing little spirit or courage; overly submissive or compliant; "compliant and anxious to suit his opinions of those of others"; "a fine fiery blast against meek conformity"- Orville Prescott; "she looked meek but had the heart of a lion"; "was submissive and subservient" [syn: compliant, meek]

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  1. Lacking energy, drive, motivation or emotion. Enervated.
    The team played a spiritless first half, just going through the motions. But the realization they were playing for their sick friend energized them for the second half.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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