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Cheerlessness   Listen

A feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness.  Synonym: uncheerfulness.

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"Cheerlessness" Quotes from Famous Books

... seen, down the long vista of the straggling street. The white walls of the cottages, and the white snow-drifts banked beside the irregular pavements, were in complete contrast to the radiant summer scene on which my eyes had lingered when I left the village. My feeling of cheerlessness was not dispelled even by the warmth and comfort of the little inn. Oppressed by the evidences of change, which in my disappointment were, no doubt, much exaggerated, I left the inn, and, heedless of the piercing cold and the driving snow, made my way towards the ...
— Creatures of the Night - A Book of Wild Life in Western Britain • Alfred W. Rees

... hard and ascetic in her treatment of it. An ascetic tone runs through all her work, the result of her theories of renunciation. The same sternness and cheerlessness is to be seen in the poetry and painting of the pre-Raphaelites. The joy, freshness and sunniness of Raphael is not to be found in their work. Life is painful, puritanic and depressing to them. Old age seems to be upon them, or the decadence ...
— George Eliot; A Critical Study of Her Life, Writings & Philosophy • George Willis Cooke

... his return he should expect to find that his guest had departed, and that he had sufficient reasons for requesting his visits might not be repeated. With his wife he was, if possible, more austere and morose than ever; so once more the Hall resumed its old aspect of cheerlessness and desolation, and its mistress went moping about, more than ever miserable and broken-hearted. Such a state of things could not long go on; the visits forbidden openly took place by stealth; and the climax rapidly approached which was ...
— Kate Coventry - An Autobiography • G. J. Whyte-Melville

... afternoon was drawing to a close, and a grey mist had already begun to blot out the canal and the trees which were studded along its banks, accentuating the prevailing cheerlessness and silence, and throwing into yet stronger relief the animated scene presented within the comfortable, well-warmed dining-room of a house standing on the further side of the broad street which ran parallel with the canal. A large company was gathered ...
— Story-Lives of Great Musicians • Francis Jameson Rowbotham

Words linked to "Cheerlessness" :   joylessness, sadness, unhappiness, cheerfulness, uncheerfulness, cheerless

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