Definitions

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  • n. The state or condition of being mirthless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Absence of mirth.

Etymologies

mirthless +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mean Things: mirthlessness.anhedonia. cyberleeches, as promised. man-eating plants. more giant arthropods.

    there will always be a faster gun, but there'll never be another one like you.

  • But now there was the same sort of mirthlessness that was in his own smile.

    Star Trek: A Rock and a Hard Place

  • He laughed with a harsh mirthlessness that made her quiver.

    The Shadow of the East

  • He was exactly as he had been; his voice had the same slow mirthlessness and it uttered the same flat definitive comments.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, August 5th, 1914

  • He smiled with the cold mirthlessness that always reminded Humbolt of his father -- of the Lake who had been the _Constellation_'s lieutenant commander.

    Space Prison

  • "Yes, sir, five thousand dollars!" exclaimed Marcus, with a sudden unaccountable mirthlessness.

    McTeague

  • 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.

    Sir Mortimer

  • 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.

    The Chronicles of Clovis

  • For the French, a nation of lapsed Catholic pleasure-seekers, the word Protestant evokes hard work, austerity and mirthlessness.

    The Guardian World News

  • 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.

    The Independent - Frontpage RSS Feed

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