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Related to mirthlessly: debilitating, blasé


Devoid of gladness and gaiety.

mirth′less·ly adv.
mirth′less·ness n.


adv (liter) smilebetrübt; laughunfroh, beklemmt
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And presently he grew conscious that the gods had played a very good practical joke on him, and he laughed at himself mirthlessly.
Either you're so young and bouncy that 40 is ridiculously far away and whimsical it may as well be made from Unicorn Tears and Jupiter Dust; or perhaps you're just approaching/just passed the F-word and feel slightly anxious about what your fifth decade has in store; maybe you turned 40 yonks ago and are now chuckling mirthlessly while humming the Bachman-Turner Overdrive tune You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet.
We laugh mirthlessly but the exchange gives me renewed hope that I am not a mule.