• WordNet 3.6
    • n cheerlessness a feeling of dreary or pessimistic sadness
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cheerlessness The state of being cheerless.
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In literature:

The good creature felt the influence of the cold, wet, cheerless morning quite as keenly as her mistress.
"Henry Dunbar" by M. E. Braddon
He rested his chin in his hand and brooded over his comfortless past and cheerless future.
"Chip, of the Flying U" by B. M. Bower
At the landing-place of the second floor, another long-wicked, neglected, ghastly candle emitted its cheerless ray.
"Night and Morning, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The heavy red damask curtains were drawn before the windows, and the room was dark and cheerless.
"The Inn at the Red Oak" by Latta Griswold
The weather was damp and cheerless, with rain falling intermittently throughout the day.
"The Long Labrador Trail" by Dillon Wallace
But he worked cheerlessly.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
The prospect was very cheerless and disheartening.
"Explorations in Australia" by John Forrest
Yet all seemed cheerless; for the heart of Paralus was desolate.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
But they were all taken from him in one week by an epidemic, and his life was made solitary and cheerless.
"Brave and Bold" by Horatio Alger
But if their side seemed cheerless, what of the land on the left bank?
"The Magnetic North" by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

In poetry:

Alone, obscure, without a friend,
A cheerless, solitary thing,
Why seeks, my Lloyd, the stranger out?
What offering can the stranger bring
"To Charles Lloyd: An Unexpected Visitor" by Charles Lamb
And that another hour, and they must fall
Like those who went before, and sleep as still
Beneath the silent sod,
A cold and cheerless sleep.
"On Whit-Monday" by Henry Kirke White
Alas! I hear the thunders roll,
And wake, and meditate, and weep;
Night's gloomy mantle wraps my soul,
And cheerless silence rules the deep.
"Anxieties and Comforts" by John Bowring
Yes, as I mused, the naked room,
The flickering firelight died away,
And from the midst of cheerless gloom
I passed to bright, unclouded day--
"Holyday" by Emily Jane Bronte
For ever gone; for I, by night,
Have prayed, within my silent room,
That Heaven would grant a burst of light
Its cheerless darkness to illume;
"Severed and gone" by Anne Bronte
In the midst of a desert I found it,
With the cold scaring wind blowing round it—
And a cheerless heaven above!
I pitied—and pity was love.
"To The Departed" by Ernest Jones

In news:

I never thought the day would come when I bid a cheerless farewell to Verizon, Comcast, Cavuto and Blitzer to save money and simultaneously salve my battered sanity.
These, from San Francisco furniture designer Ted Boerner are the "antidote for that cheerless cabinet, drab chest of drawers , or dreary door in your life.".
Like an excursion down a slow-moving river on a sometimes cloudy sometimes picturesque day, Crossing Learning Boundaries is a journey into the sometimes cheerless sometimes uplifting life and times of C.