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  • adj. Not mirthful.


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un- +‎ mirthful


  • The distressing explanation she had to make to Harriet, and all that poor Harriet would be suffering, with the awkwardness of future meetings, the difficulties of continuing or discontinuing the acquaintance, of subduing feelings, concealing resentment, and avoiding eclat, were enough to occupy her in most unmirthful reflections some time longer, and she went to bed at last with nothing settled but the conviction of her having blundered most dreadfully.


  • He looked at her and a sudden cynical amusement gleamed in his eyes -- an amusement so bitterly unmirthful that there seemed something almost brutal about it.

    The Lamp of Fate

  • A grim unmirthful smile parted Robert Grell's lips.

    The Grell Mystery

  • It was not long before "the merry monarch" was involved in most unmirthful disputes with the citizens, whom he endeavoured to deprive of their ancient right to elect their own sheriffs.

    The Corporation of London, Its Rights and Privileges

  • His short-lived, most unmirthful mirth has died from him, he has laid a hand upon the table near him to steady himself.

    April's Lady A Novel

  • It was all he could do to keep his face judicially grave and unmirthful.

    Little Fuzzy

  • Old Edward King was small of stature and when he passed people in the street laughed a queer unmirthful laugh.

    Winesburg, Ohio: a Group of Tales of Ohio Small Town Life

  • "Well, then," asserted Grandpa Davis, with an unmirthful chuckle, "it don't appear to me as we've got so powerful much to be thankful about this year."

    Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know

  • For some time there was silence; and then a laugh -- low, monotonous, unmirthful, metallic -- coming as it were from some adjacent chamber, and so unnatural, so abhorring, that it held everyone spell-bound.

    Animal Ghosts Or, Animal Hauntings and the Hereafter

  • “That's good,” he cried with a loud unmirthful guffaw.

    Oscar Wilde


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