from The Century Dictionary.

  • Joyless; unpleasant.


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  • It is merely a pity that she places her muse in the service of feminism, which is, after all, a rather peevish, unjoyful, and self-centered religion.

    SF Tidbits for 7/21/07

  • It is in this sense immoral to be bitter, unjoyful, unhappy..

    Not from (or to) the new Parthenon museum

  • Naturally taciturn, unjoyful, and ever oppressed by that brooding consciousness of guilt hanging like a cloud over her memory, formless, vague, but never lifting, Fina's changeful temper and tumultuous vivacity were intensely wearisome to her.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876

  • {A wretched failure of a king, to give no jewels to his retainers.} 70 To the Danes after custom; endured he unjoyful

    Beowulf An Anglo-Saxon Epic Poem

  • Among these, she has found that some body has sent down printed certificates of Florimel's age, which she has read and distributed to this unjoyful set of people, who are always enemies to those in possession of the good opinion of the company.

    The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899

  • But why, she wondered, as the serene but unjoyful landscape of northern France slid past the dining-car windows -- the white horses, the dun cattle, the red farms, the grey shutters, the beaded cemeteries, the hedgeless fields like foreheads without eyebrows -- why has nobody ever made the parallel observation: "Revenir, c'est savoir ce que c'est que d'être un revenant"?

    Mrs. Miniver

  • You enter a kind of ditch, called a trench; it leads on to another and another in an unjoyful maze.

    Carry On Letters in War-Time

  • But here, although Lady Calmady turned on her a welcoming and far from unjoyful countenance, she stopped dead, while Godfrey incontinently gave vent to that which his younger brother -- sitting beside his mother,

    The History of Sir Richard Calmady A Romance

  • One night, nevertheless, in the splendour of one such scene, he sees himself suddenly apostrophised by a squalid unjoyful Figure, who has come in uninvited, nay despite of all lackeys; an unjoyful Figure!

    The French Revolution

  • To Earl Fin was given quarter, and King Harald kept him with him for a time, but Fin was somewhat unjoyful, and unmeek in his words.

    The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)


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