One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘life in his aunt's colourless, comfortless house was narrow and uninteresting’
gloomy, dreary, dull, dismal, bleak, drab, grim, sombre, dark, dim, dingy, funereal
miserable, wretched, joyless, cheerless, unhappy, depressing, disheartening, dispiriting, unwelcoming, uninviting, inhospitable
austere, severe, stark, bare, spartan, desolate
clinical, institutional, impersonal
2‘he had left her comfortless’
miserable, broken-hearted, heartbroken, unhappy, sad, grief-stricken, grieving, sorrowful, sorrowing, mourning, anguished, distressed, desolate, devastated, despairing, inconsolable, disconsolate, downcast, down, downhearted, dejected, crestfallen, cheerless, depressed, melancholy, morose, gloomy, glum, mournful, doleful, dismal, forlorn, woeful, woebegone, abject, low-spirited, long-faced
informal blue, down in the mouth, down in the dumps
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