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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 of joyless
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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  • All his anxiety was now directed to the preservation of his joyless life.

  • "No," she said, slowly, joyless resignation mingling with pride in her voice.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • But he carried a heavy heart around with him, and his few smiles were joyless things.

    McClure's Magazine December, 1895 Edited by Ida M. Tarbell
  • Bertha had never mingled with a gay crowd in so joyless a mood.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • Funeral honors; perhaps also rest; perhaps a shadowy life—artless, joyless, loveless.

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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