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Definition lacking sense or understanding or judgment
  • A last few spiders crawled witlessly around the smoking bodies of their fellows, and she burned them one by one with the flashlight.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  The Secret Hour
  • It serves you right and I'm glad, damn your witless soul!
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • "I had no idea," said Isabel presently; and looked up at her in a manner that doubtless matched the apparent witlessness of this confession.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • They were yammering away in some language Yetta didn't recognize, or maybe it wasn't a language at all, just witless jabbering.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • Linnie's witless face and her dropped jaw.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • And some witless servant could be heard laughing at the top of the house as she whirred the wheel of the sewing-machine round and round.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Surely, if we have learned nothing else, this war has taught us pity—pity for those witless souls that suffer our dominion.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • They laughed, as if to urge her by their shock to go on, and the American girl witlessly murmured, "No, I have a letter to write."
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • "Which makes you pretty skint, witless," said a cackling voice.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • Guarded by an Angel mild Witless woe, was ne'er beguil'd!
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • No one willing to lead in this gutless, witless age, either.
    James Patterson  --  Kiss the Girls
  • Christ, days went by and the hole in the paper was small, the light was dim, the overheard conversations witless.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Both times I was scared so witless that the guards had to carry me along by the arms.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • At those times, I would feel a witless anger at their simple gamboling.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Joan had no idea to advance, but with the lessening of her fear and the gradual clearing of her mind she felt that she would not much longer be witless.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • So he petitioned, witless as a child that what he begged for was his own death, hard death and doom.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Now that you are no longer dumb and witless, you need not always be grave.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician's Nephew
  • "Witless block!" he ground out, "Lucky for you I found you.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He sees things as they are; that is to say, he sees them in the garish light of justice-hideous, witless justice.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • If for even an instant he pretended to misery like mine ... "You think me a witless fool," he whispered.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel

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