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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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dismal
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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  • The sight is dismal; And our affairs from England come too late: The ears are senseless that should give us hearing, To tell him his commandment is fulfill’d That Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead: Where should we have our thanks?
  • …it is not so:— it begins with Pyrrhus:— ’The rugged Pyrrhus,—he whose sable arms, Black as his purpose, did the night resemble When he lay couched in the ominous horse,— Hath now this dread and black complexion smear’d With heraldry more dismal; head to foot Now is he total gules; horridly trick’d With blood of fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, Bak’d and impasted with the parching streets, That lend a tyrannous and a damned light To their vile murders: roasted in wrath and fire,…

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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
as in: a dismal performance Define
of terrible quality
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