lifeless

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lifeless

Victor has fainted. The word "lifeless" had a broader range of signification in Mary Shelley's day than it does now. Johnson's 1755 Dictionary offers three meanings for the adjective, only the first, which is the modern definition, being inappropriate to Victor's state.

1. Dead; deprived of life.
2. Unanimated; void of life.
3. Without power, force, or spirit.