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Cheerless; dismal.

joy′less·ly adv.
joy′less·ness n.
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Noun1.joylessness - a feeling of dismal cheerlessness
cheerlessness, uncheerfulness - a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
References in classic literature ?
I have heard many noises since, but nothing that gave me such an intimate impression of the savage instincts hidden in the breast of mankind; these yells of festivity suggested agonizing fear, rage of murder, ferocity of lust, and the irremediable joylessness of human condition: yet they were emitted by people who were convinced that they were amusing themselves supremely, traditionally, with the sanction of ages, with the approval of their conscience - and no mistake about it whatever
They stood fixed, their baffled hearts looking out of their eyes with a joylessness pitiful to see.
This lack of generosity, this joylessness, is what makes them ineffective (and the political left unpopular).
Temperate climates generally, for all their associations with wagonclimbing joylessness, are the friend of pretty much all who live in them.
SAM ALLARDYCE is respected in football circles as an achiever of results but the West Ham manager's essential joylessness means he will never be loved by fans.
And it feels like that sort of place for though the service was friendly and the food okay, there was a joylessness about the space.
Masao Miyoshi is undoubtedly correct in claiming that the narrator's commentary "on the monotony and joylessness of Iseult's life .
Poverty in food was indicative for her of ontological poverty, of joylessness, of meanness of spirit" (2000, xv).
The austerity and joylessness of life that is glimpsed in these poems reminds me ofRon Hansen's novel Mariette in Ecstasy, without the moments of ecstasy.
The joylessness of the encounters matches both the film's color palate of dingy browns and grays and the way in which the source material (the movie is based on little-known Scottish Beat writer Alexander Trocchi's cult novel) views life and, in particular, women.
Negative elements included ill-tuned horns in the finale, and, more seriously, in a reading which had begun with a sensitive understanding of the music's feminine impulses, an eventual joylessness devoid of the emotional candour which makes this work so lovable.
This may be part of the reason that Christianity has been essentially unable to defeat the joylessness associated with the various forms of the ailment.