shapelessness

[ UK /ʃˈe‍ɪpləsnəs/ ]
NOUN
  1. the quality of lacking an esthetically pleasing shape
  2. an amorphous or indefinite shape
    a shapeless mass
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How To Use shapelessness In A Sentence

  • The mitraille vanished in shapelessness; the bombs plunged into it; bullets only succeeded in making holes in it; what was the use of cannonading chaos? and the regiments, accustomed to the fiercest visions of war, gazed with uneasy eyes on that species of redoubt, a wild beast in its boar-like bristling and a mountain by its enormous size. Les Miserables
  • Hanley Black's wife, a stout-in-the-middle matron of 45, thinks "It's positively indecent" while her husband "surveyed his wife's criminal shapelessness and voluminousness of ante-diluvian, New England swimming dress with a withering, contemplative eye" and tells her in a sentence never uttered by a human before or since, "You appear as a creature shameful, under a grotesqueness of apparel striving to hide some secret awfulness. “It was the Golden Fleece ready for the shearing.”
  • Even if this claim were true, which it virtually never is, why on earth should amoeba-like intellectual shapelessness be a good thing in a journalist?
  • He was clad in faded overalls and black cotton shirt, with hobnailed brogans on his feet, and on his head a hat whose shapelessness and stains advertised the rough usage of wind and rain and sun and camp-smoke. All Gold Canon
  • There was the sort of sallow shapelessness about it that derives from simultaneous over-eating and under-sleeping.
  • Relaxed into a postmodern shapelessness, however, the poetry lacks the form that gave high modern poets such magnificent bearing.
  • It has that kind of sort of innocence, and that sort of shapelessness.
  • The result smeared the features of the image to such shapelessness that it was not recognizably human.
  • How to give shape to a shapelessness that presses against and expands into silence?
  • And after that, the uncared for building itself would settle into shapelessness, buried under the ubiquity of the dust.
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