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    "Soulless"

    I am doing a sort of art project and was wondering what the best Russian translation for the word "soulless" would be.

    Any thoughts?

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    Without a soul - Без души

    and from that you can make the adjective:

    бездушный

    However I think it corresponds more to the English "heartless", as Soulless is very strong in English.
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    My dictionary says:

    soulless
    (прил.)
    1) бездушный, жестокий, бессердечный; лишенный благородства ( о человеке )
    2) неинтересный, нудный, пресный, скучный (I'd add "без огонька")

    a soulless attempt — вялая попытка

    Syn: dull 1., insipid , uninteresting
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    depending on the context, you could use: мёртвый

    If you describe the situation (is it a picture, a story, about a person, a place, etc.) we could find a more accurate word for you.
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    A friend is doing a painting of a man and he wanted him to have a tattoo that said "soulless" in Russian.

    The sense of the word is supposed to mean just that: "having no soul." However, the man is not supposed to be dead.

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    I see,I think Бездушный would work best.

    For the doubters, this is what Толковый словарь Даля says:

    БЕЗДУШНЫЙ , | Толковый словарь Даля
    - в тесном смысле: не одаренный человеческою душою; (not gifted with a human soul)

    - лишившийся души, мертвый, умерший или убитый; (deprived a soul)

    - *поступающий так, будто бы в нем не было человеческой души, бесчувственный к страданиям ближних, черствый, холодный, самотный, себялюбивый. (acting as if he didn't have a human soul)
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