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Lacking cheer; depressing.

cheer′less·ly adv.
cheer′less·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cheerlessness - a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadnesscheerlessness - a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
sadness, unhappiness - emotions experienced when not in a state of well-being
joylessness - a feeling of dismal cheerlessness
blitheness, cheerfulness - a feeling of spontaneous good spirits; "his cheerfulness made everyone feel better"
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He forgot the cheerlessness which he was about to face, the lonely night before him.
Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her
After the silence and the cheerlessness of life in the Bentley house, she dreamed of stepping forth into an atmosphere that was warm and pulsating with life and reality.
Fanny's disposition was such that she could never even think of her aunt Norris in the meagreness and cheerlessness of her own small house, without reproaching herself for some little want of attention to her when they had been last together; much less could her feelings acquit her of having done and said and thought everything by William that was due to him for a whole fortnight.
I was quite gone I had really utterly forgot where I was and all the gloom and cheerlessness of my situation [and] I felt myself breathing quick and short.
He also endured "spells of cheerlessness, exhaustion, insomnia--great afflictions," both physical and emotional.
She worries about her father's future and in that connection thinks of Knightley as a consolation rather than as a joy: "Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her
Let the young man, therefore, make the most of his youth, for the inevitable decay of bodily powers will come with advancing age, and the cheerlessness of Sheol will terminate all.