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(of a smile or laugh) lacking real amusement and typically expressing irony:‘he gave a short, mirthless laugh’
humourless, unamused, grim, glum, moody, sour, surly, dour, sullen, sulky, gloomy, scowling, glowering, sombre, lugubrious, mournful, melancholy, melancholic, doleful, miserable, dismal, grumpy, churlish, grouchyView synonyms
- ‘Relieved, he stole a glance back that that officer, mirthless and cold.’
- ‘I objected quickly, but his mirthless chuckle made me stop in my tracks.’
- ‘I mentally flinched and let out a mirthless laugh.’
- ‘She doesn't need to articulate as much, her hooting, strangely mirthless laugh says it for her.’
- ‘A mirthless smile upturned one corner of his mouth.’
- ‘‘I'm such a wimp,’ she muttered out angrily, a mirthless smile tainting her lips.’
- ‘He watched, his eyes mirthless as she pulled her saber clear from the slight cover of the light coat she wore.’
- ‘I gave a mirthless laugh - of course, Jay and I hardly acknowledged each other as friends so perhaps I was being too melodramatic over this.’
- ‘Then, all in a moment, her face darkened with a mirthless glare as though there had been no jocularity to begin with.’
- ‘One look and I gave a mirthless laugh, mocking myself.’
- ‘Angelos mirrored the mirthless look, all signs of warmth abruptly gone from his countenance.’
- ‘That got a few mirthless chuckles from the rest of the men.’
- ‘The werewolf bared its fangs in a mirthless grin and made a low growling sound that sounded chillingly like laughter.’
- ‘I came to realize that it was an unnecessarily mirthless, joyless book and I would like it to be, for one thing, more sensuous, more rounded in a way.’
- ‘‘No,’ he said again, a mirthless smile forming on his lips.’
- ‘How symbolic, he thought with a mirthless smile.’
- ‘His laughter was spiteful and mirthless, and he took his time, content to let his presence sink in.’
- ‘Theresa's jaw dropped, her face becoming stale and mirthless.’
- ‘The way his features were set, and especially the mirthless smirk on his face, gave him an almost malignant appearance.’
- ‘He presses, a small and mirthless smirk coming to his stoic lips.’
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