Definition of Dismal

1. Adjective. Causing dejection. "Grim rainy weather"

Exact synonyms: Blue, Dark, Dingy, Disconsolate, Drab, Drear, Dreary, Gloomy, Grim, Sorry
Similar to: Cheerless, Depressing, Uncheerful
Derivative terms: Dreariness



Definition of Dismal

1. a. Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.

Definition of Dismal

1. Adjective. Disappointingly inadequate. ¹

2. Adjective. Gloomy and bleak. ¹

3. Adjective. Depressing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dismal

1. cheerless and depressing [adj -MALER, -MALEST] : DISMALLY [adv] / a track of swampy land [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Dismal

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dismal (current term)
dismal science
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Literary usage of Dismal

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1. Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain (1883)
"'A dismal WITNESS.' Following are Mrs. Trollope's emotions. She is writing a few months later in the same year, 1827, and is coming in at the mouth of the ..."

2. The Writings of George Washington by George Washington (1889)
"In 1728 William Byrd noted that Norfolk had " a pretty deal of lumber from the borderers on the dismal, who make bold with the king's land thereabouts, ..."

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