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Not giving or feeling any pleasure or satisfaction; grim or dismal.‘she had to face the thought of a joyless future’
gloomy, melancholy, morose, lugubrious, glum, sombre, saturnine, sullen, dour, mirthless, humourlessdepressing, cheerless, gloomy, dreary, bleak, dispiriting, drab, dismal, desolate, wretched, comfortless, austere, stark, sombre, grimView synonyms
- ‘It may have been a joyless campaign but the national debate has been intense.’
- ‘Food is supposed to taste good, and health promotion should not be a series of negative messages that convey a joyless future.’
- ‘For a song about dancing in the streets, it's overwhelmingly joyless.’
- ‘Actually, I found nearly all the music totally joyless.’
- ‘This grim, joyless motion picture is anything but fun.’
- ‘And finally, to top my day off, I found out that the joyless, universally disliked boss who's been off on maternity leave will be part time when she comes back at the end of April.’
- ‘Stanley has one of the most joyless birthday parties imaginable thrown in his honour, with an undercurrent of menace never far from the surface.’
- ‘The problem is, at times it's too grim: this is an almost totally joyless book.’
- ‘There is a certain kind of joyless middle-aged woman, either single or unhappily married, who absolutely embodies this theory.’
- ‘All the characters lead dismal, joyless lives.’
- ‘York endured a joyless visit to Pontefract as they were convincingly beaten 24-0 in a Powergen Yorkshire One result.’
- ‘He was 55 years old (18 years older than Cloetta) with a bad marriage and a long string of joyless affairs behind him.’
- ‘I didn't vote for this spineless, gormless, joyless, clueless Government.’
- ‘Such joyless suppression crushes that most precious thing in life, the flowering of the individual human spirit.’
- ‘It's a pity you're distracted all the time by the plotless, joyless machinations of everyone else involved.’
- ‘There is, of course, a joyless, self-important statement.’
- ‘The middle trilogy is watchable enough rot, but the recent films are joyless, plotless screeds on macroeconomics and industrial relations.’
- ‘It's a bit like scratching an unbearable itch: a completely satisfying activity, but joyless at the same time.’
- ‘None of it connects with anything beyond this joyless carnival.’
- ‘It doesn't make for a moving spectacle - it is too cruel and joyless - but there is no denying the sense of awe which accompanies this rare parade of its talents.’
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