What is the opposite of joy?

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Noun
Opposite of a feeling of great pleasure and happiness
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“For such people, summer is congruous with added misery courtesy of the frequent power failures and water shortages.”
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Opposite of a source of pleasure or satisfaction
“I learned that studying was a choice, not a chore.”
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Opposite of a feeling of success or satisfaction
“There is great dissatisfaction among the general public regarding the redressal mechanism.”
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Opposite of the state or characteristic of being full of life, exuberance or energy
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Opposite of happiness, ebullience, zest for life
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Opposite of a source of great satisfaction or enjoyment
“With all of the reality shows that make TV watching a complete bore, I was glad to finally see something new, fresh, absorbing and entertaining.”
Noun
Opposite of something or someone considered wonderful or perfect
“That Biff Tannen. Oh my goodness, he's a nightmare!”
Noun
Opposite of something regarded as a special honor
“It was a disgrace to allow him to wear that number.”
Noun
Opposite of a pleasure obtained only rarely
“As soon as schooling is held out as the gateway to opportunity, those who were formerly poor begin to suffer the added disadvantage of being dropouts.”
Noun
Opposite of a person or sight of unusual beauty
“The piles of dumped rubbish and abandoned cars have long been an eyesore and a hazard to health.”
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Opposite of beauty or charm that is highly attractive
Noun
Opposite of a feeling or deep satisfaction from one's own achievements, or the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated
“I have nothing but shame for the wrongdoings and transgressions of my sons.”
Noun
Opposite of a source of pleasure
“It was such a pain to keep up pretenses with his brother-in-law's family.”
Noun
Opposite of mental or emotional calm
“I cannot help but feel some degree of discomposure if we do not get some travel insurance prior to our trip.”
Noun
Opposite of a feeling of privilege or pleasure from doing something
“Patients often experience great shame in sharing details of their eating disordered behavior.”
Noun
(general or positive) Opposite of something that arouses a feeling of excitement
“They watch football to lose themselves in the game and take a break from the everyday monotony of their lives.”
Verb
(dated) Opposite of to express or show elation or triumph
“A select few condemn the festivities as an act of ignoring what the day meant to the certain communities.”
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Opposite of to show elation or triumph
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(delight in) Opposite of to take great pleasure in
“But if they dislike something, they should at least use reasoned analysis rather than wild sideswipes of opinion.”
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Opposite of to rejoice or exult at a victory or success
“Coach let us sulk for a minute or two until finally clearing his throat, drawing our attention back to him.”
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