joyless


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joy·less

 (joi′lĭs)
adj.
Cheerless; dismal.

joy′less·ly adv.
joy′less·ness n.

joyless

(ˈdʒɔɪlɪs)
adj
having or producing no joy or pleasure
ˈjoylessly adv
ˈjoylessness n

joy•less

(ˈdʒɔɪ lɪs)

adj.
affording or causing no joy or pleasure.
[1300–50]
joy′less•ly, adv.
joy′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.joyless - not experiencing or inspiring joy; "a joyless man"; "a joyless occasion"; "joyless evenings"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"
unhappy - experiencing or marked by or causing sadness or sorrow or discontent; "unhappy over her departure"; "unhappy with her raise"; "after the argument they lapsed into an unhappy silence"; "had an unhappy time at school"; "the unhappy (or sad) news"; "he looks so sad"
sorrowful - experiencing or marked by or expressing sorrow especially that associated with irreparable loss; "sorrowful widows"; "a sorrowful tale of death and despair"; "sorrowful news"; "even in laughter the heart is sorrowful"- Proverbs 14:13
joyous - full of or characterized by joy; "felt a joyous abandon"; "joyous laughter"

joyless

adjective unhappy, sad, depressing, miserable, gloomy, dismal, dreary, dejected, dispirited, downcast, down in the dumps (informal), cheerless His work load had become so enormous that life seemed joyless.

joyless

adjective
1. Tending to cause sadness or low spirits:
Translations

joyless

[ˈdʒɔɪlɪs] ADJsin alegría, triste

joyless

[ˈdʒɔɪləs] adj (= cheerless) → triste

joyless

adjfreudlos; person alsogriesgrämig
References in classic literature ?
Phoebe threw down a whole handful of cents, which he picked up with joyless eagerness, handed them over to the Italian for safekeeping, and immediately recommenced a series of pantomimic petitions for more.
It is no matter that the place is joyless for him; that he is weary of the old wooden houses, the mud and dust, the dead level of site and sentiment, the chill east wind, and the chillest of social atmospheres; -- all these, and whatever faults besides he may see or imagine, are nothing to the purpose.
Yet who can speak the simple joy with which some of those poor outcasts, to whom life was a joyless journey to a dark unknown, heard of a compassionate Redeemer and a heavenly home?
Simpson, and the Simpson family; their poverty, their joyless life, and their abject need of a banquet lamp to brighten their existence.
Suppose he should be absent spring, summer, and autumn: how joyless sunshine and fine days will seem
Here Love his golden shafts imploies, here lights His constant Lamp, and waves his purple wings, Reigns here and revels; not in the bought smile Of Harlots, loveless, joyless, unindeard, Casual fruition, nor in Court Amours Mixt Dance, or wanton Mask, or Midnight Bal, Or Serenate, which the starv'd Lover sings To his proud fair, best quitted with disdain.
And now, in joyless age, she felt that some withered partner should request her hand, and all unite, in a dance of death, to the music of the funeral bell.
Dark and cheerless is the morn Unaccompanied by thee: Joyless is the day's return Till thy mercy's beams I see: Till thou inward light impart, Glad my eyes and warm my heart.
But she lingered a moment and gave a timid, joyless smile.
For hours nothing relieved the joyless monotony of things.
She had a laugh like the cry of a jay, at once startling and joyless.
I prefer always reading what you like best to hear," said Dorothea, who told the simple truth; for what she dreaded was to exert herself in reading or anything else which left him as joyless as ever.