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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.
It was a cold and windy January morning and the sun was peeping timidly through a mirthlessly grey Gambian sky.
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.
The new edition's additional material treats us to a mirthlessly libertine chanson de geste relating a communal visit to a brothel--"Cons, culs, tetons, fesses, sont inondes de foutre" (89)--in the margin of which the author notes (whether proudly or apologetically is unclear): "Premiers vers que j'aie faits, f[aits] en trois heures" (88).
Martin mirthlessly points to the seeming contradiction between Rose's prewar political activism and her reward for trading revolutionary politics for cooperation with the state in its most murderous war of the young twentieth century: '"She smashed his window,' Martin jeered at her, 'and then she helped him to smash other people's windows'" (420).