from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unjoyous; gloomy; sad.
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In one thing Bermuda is eminently tropical -- was in May, at least -- the unbrilliant, slightly faded, unrejoicing look of the landscape.
The tumultuary and gray tide of life, the empire of routine, the unrejoicing faces of his elders, fill him with contemptuous surprise; there also he seems to walk among the tombs of spirits; and it is only in the course of years, and after much rubbing with his fellow-men, that he begins by glimpses to see himself from without and his fellows from within: to know his own for one among the thousand undenoted countenances of the city street, and to divine in others the throb of human agony and hope.