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From un- (lack or absence of) +‎ joy.


unjoy (countable and uncountable, plural unjoys)

  1. The lack or absence of joy; joylessness; sorrow; grief.
    • 2013, Anna Banks, Of Triton:
      I wipe away the tears of unjoy before they stain the hideous, stiff bedspread.
    • 1993, Harry John Huebner, ‎David Schroeder, Church as parable: whatever happened to ethics?:
      Joy is possible only if we can get through the periods of unjoy. And all rely on another virtue: hope. Hope is what makes patience humanly possible.