Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being cheerless.

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  • noun The state or characteristic of being cheerless.

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

  • noun a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness

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Examples

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

    Mercy!

  • 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.

    Mumblecore Realism in the Age of Technology

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

    Mercy!

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

    Artichoke

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

    Archive 2008-11-01

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

    Isaac’s Torah

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

    The New Art Gallery, Walsall

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • 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.

    A Catholic Religious Education Project...

  • 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.

    Think Progress » Official U.S. Military Dictionary Includes ‘Escalation,’ Not ‘Surge’

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