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  • n. The state or characteristic of being cheerless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being cheerless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness


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  • Rain-soaked colors convey the soggy melancholy of the Pacific Northwest as distinctly as the thin, smeared palette in "Quiet City" reflected the dim electric cheerlessness of New York subways and diners at night.

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  • For all its cheerlessness, the novel is anything but grittily realistic.


  • I, for one, found no joy in the work, colored as it was by his cheerlessness and dispassionate industry.


  • No doubt they are meant to represent popular culture, but they are characteristic of the cheerlessness and sententiousness of municipal Labourism.

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  • It's a joy to come in from litter-strewn streets and graffitti and the general cheerlessness of much of today's London, and find a school buzzing with a sense of purpose and small children.

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  • Much fiction that looks backward upon Jewish life in Eastern Europe is fatally infected with nostalgia and cheerlessness.

    Isaac’s Torah

  • Unlike in Congressional corridors and across the civilian landscape of the country, there seems far more support than outrage, more cheer than cheerlessness, and a hope that maybe this will do it.

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  • Hallinan! constables unsuccessfully cheerlessness Colby inciting

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  • Scrooge is skeptical that many would prefer death to the workhouse, and he is unmoved by talk of the workhouse's cheerlessness.

    The Devil's Kitchen

  • Such a companion for herself in the periods of anxiety and cheerlessness before her! —



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