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joyless

[joi-lis] /ˈdʒɔɪ lɪs/
adjective
1.
without joy or gladness; unhappy:
the joyless days of the war.
2.
causing no joy or pleasure.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English joyles. See joy, -less
Related forms
joylessly, adverb
joylessness, noun
Synonyms
1. sad, cheerless, gloomy, dismal, miserable.
Antonyms
1. joyous.
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Examples from the web for joyless
  • But he's the one creating a vicious, joyless, senseless world.
  • Of his own free will, he turns from a full-throttle embrace of life to a joyless subsistence.
  • The city's makeover worships two joyless gods: the motor car and faceless power.
  • Then there began to be quirks, mannerisms, in particular a certain compulsive and joyless naughtiness.
  • It often was a joyless exercise, but the reward came in the results.
  • But this film's real trouble lies in its joyless, pointless execution.
  • It's an entire season's worth of sitcom episodes wrapped up in one joyless theatrical film.
  • And sometimes she sees herself participate in the joyless eating.
  • As he warns at the outset of their affair, he is self-loathing, joyless and pathologically jealous.
  • In the process, joyless and his wife are treated as well, unwittingly to them.
British Dictionary definitions for joyless

joyless

/ˈdʒɔɪlɪs/
adjective
1.
having or producing no joy or pleasure
Derived Forms
joylessly, adverb
joylessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for joyless
adj.

mid-14c., from joy + -less. Related: Joylessly; joylessness.

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