Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Absence of mirth.
- n. The state or condition of being mirthless.
- mirthless + -ness (Wiktionary)
“Mean Things: mirthlessness.anhedonia. cyberleeches, as promised. man-eating plants. more giant arthropods.”
“But now there was the same sort of mirthlessness that was in his own smile.”
“He laughed with a harsh mirthlessness that made her quiver.”
“He was exactly as he had been; his voice had the same slow mirthlessness and it uttered the same flat definitive comments.”
“He smiled with the cold mirthlessness that always reminded Humbolt of his father -- of the Lake who had been the _Constellation_'s lieutenant commander.”
“Yes, sir, five thousand dollars!" exclaimed Marcus, with a sudden unaccountable mirthlessness.”
“To the lips of a light-of-heart there was that in its quality had brought a sigh: as for Arden, when he had checked his horse he looked upon the scene with a groan, then presently for very mirthlessness, laughed.”
“Roger insisted on standing that night in honour of his aunt and the three Miss Brimley Bomefields was remarkable for the unrestrained gaiety of two of the participants and the funereal mirthlessness of the remaining guests.”
“For the French, a nation of lapsed Catholic pleasure-seekers, the word Protestant evokes hard work, austerity and mirthlessness.”
“Roddy Doyle, D B C Pierre, J G Farrell (twice) and Kingsley Amis have all won the award, suggesting that Jacobson's pre-triumph accusation that bookish types suffered an "anorexic mirthlessness" was misplaced.”
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