mirthless


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mirth·less

 (mûrth′lĭs)
adj.
Devoid of gladness and gaiety.

mirth′less·ly adv.
mirth′less·ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mirthless - lacking mirthmirthless - lacking mirth        
joyless - not experiencing or inspiring joy; "a joyless man"; "a joyless occasion"; "joyless evenings"
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Translations

mirthless

[ˈmɜːθlɪs] ADJtriste, sin alegría
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

mirthless

[ˈmɜːrθləs] adj [laugh, smile] → jaune
He permitted himself a small mirthless smile → Il s'autorisa un petit sourire jaune.
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

mirthless

adjfreudlos; laughterunfroh, beklemmt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

mirthless

[ˈmɜːθlɪs] adj (smile, laugh) → mesto/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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But their gaiety seemed to Prince Andrew mirthless and tiresome.
That precise, mirthless laughter rang in Prince Andrew's ears long after he had left the house.
The man to win her is he who calls loudly for his drink, without a "Please" or a "Thank you," throws his hat at the back of his head, gulps down half his glass, and, while drawing breath for the other half, takes a hard, indifferent look at her, and in an off-hand voice throws her some fatuous, mirthless jest.
"You don't know what you're talkin' about." Sarah paused to laugh in mirthless discordance.
What words of moment were to have fallen from his lips were never spoken, as just then a young warrior, evidently sensing the trend of thought among the older men, leaped down from the steps of the rostrum, and striking the frail captive a powerful blow across the face, which felled her to the floor, placed his foot upon her prostrate form and turning toward the assembled council broke into peals of horrid, mirthless laughter.
There was a hint in it of laughter, but of a laughter more terrible than any sadness--a laughter that was mirthless as the smile of the sphinx, a laughter cold as the frost and partaking of the grimness of infallibility.
'But I must leave this place, Frederick,' she said - 'I never can be happy here, - nor anywhere else, indeed,' she added, with a mirthless laugh, - 'but I cannot rest here.'
She tried to force her unwilling feet onward toward the cave, when from its depths issued an uncanny sound that was neither brute nor human, a weird sound that was akin to mirthless laughter.
You never love!" On this the other women joined,and such a mirthless, hard, soulless laughter rang through the room that it almost made me faint to hear.
Bertha Kircher leaned back in her seat and laughed aloud, a mirthless, half-hysterical laugh.
But sanity asserting its sway at once I left the verandah after giving him a mirthless smile.
It was a curious laugh; distinct, formal, mirthless. I stopped: the sound ceased, only for an instant; it began again, louder: for at first, though distinct, it was very low.