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Gloomy; depressing:‘the corridors were ill-lit and cheerless’
gloomy, dreary, dull, dismal, bleak, drab, grim, sombre, dark, dim, dingy, funerealaustere, stark, bare, desolate, comfortlessmiserable, wretched, joyless, unhappy, depressing, disheartening, dispiriting, unwelcoming, uninviting, inhospitable, bland, clinical, institutional, impersonalView synonyms
- ‘A grey, wet, cheerless, Paris day bought with it the need for a self-indulgent treat.’
- ‘He smiled a cheerless smile, ‘Welcome,’ he whispered, ‘to your destiny.’’
- ‘What he remembers most was the stillness of the dressing-room and, later, the cheerless evening he spent at his hotel in Newport.’
- ‘Next to his caravan is what is laughably called his ‘chalet’ - laughable because it is hard to imagine anything less like a jolly holiday camp than this cold, cheerless place.’
- ‘I saw a picture of your cheerless face holding your resignation letter to the camera and I thought I'd better write.’
- ‘It looks oddly bleak and cheerless - and if you look carefully you can see that where the water splashes down, it has frozen into a mound of ice.’
- ‘I spent the next few cheerless evenings perspiring over our family computer, launching my new PDA into repeated death spirals.’
- ‘The other rooms were just too large and empty, making them both joyless and cheerless for most of the time.’
- ‘Most often I can see the beauty of the countryside even on a dull and cheerless day such as this.’
- ‘Traders and residents are being warned the city will be drab and cheerless if funds are not found to pay for proper illuminations.’
- ‘A cheerless Christmas was suddenly transformed into a very festive one and our bunker started to give off alcohol fumes and cigar smoke, and this, plus our raucous singing, drew the attention of the occupants of nearby bunkers.’
- ‘Despite meagre attempts to beautify the grounds with flowers and shrubs, there was no denying that this was a grim and cheerless place.’
- ‘The walls and floors were of stone, and the room was bland and cheerless.’
- ‘The students of Fine Arts College were only too willing to help out the social workers in their efforts to bring some colour to the cheerless life of the inmates of the mental hospital.’
- ‘It has been a cheerless four months since the storm tore this section of New Orleans to pieces.’
- ‘It serves only to cast a chill upon intellectual and creative activities and to turn the serious business of law enforcement into a cheerless farce.’
- ‘I didn't want people to see the cheerless me, I didn't want to seem weak, but most of all I didn't want others to know the pain within my soul.’
- ‘Try to see it on a big screen for the full effect of its magnificent, cheerless vistas, which meld ice and sky in a horizonless prospect, highlighting the drama as if on a modernist stage.’
- ‘The four anaemic trees along Bedford Hill only emphasise the cheerless prospect.’
- ‘Abandoned as a newborn infant in a shoe box and left behind an Italian restaurant in an English city in 1965, Rebecca is adopted by a cheerless couple who have little feel for parenting.’
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