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dismal
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A Christmas Carol
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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
  • shook its chain with such a dismal and appalling noise,

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  • It was a dark and dismal night.
  • a dismal life of slavery

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unspecified meaning
  • What right have you to be dismal?
  • The door of Scrooge’s counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.

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  • It was not in impenetrable shadow as the other objects in the yard were, but had a dismal light about it, like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.
  • Built upon a dismal reef of sunken rocks, some league or so from shore, on which the waters chafed and dashed, the wild year through, there stood a solitary lighthouse.

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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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