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dismal
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Hard Times
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  • ’I’ll explain to you, then,’ said the gentleman, after another and a dismal pause, ’why you wouldn’t paper a room with representations of horses.
  • ’Thank you,’ said Tom, shaking his head dismally, and chewing rosebuds.

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  • What I have learned has left me doubting, misbelieving, despising, regretting, what I have not learned; and my dismal resource has been to think that life would soon go by, and that nothing in it could be worth the pain and trouble of a contest.’
  • Mounds where the grass was rank and high, and where brambles, dock-weed, and such-like vegetation, were confusedly heaped together, they always avoided; for dismal stories were told in that country of the old pits hidden beneath such indications.
  • From this dismal spot they were rescued by a savage old postilion, who happened to be up early, kicking a horse in a fly: and so were smuggled into the town by all the back lanes where the pigs lived: which, although not a magnificent or even savoury approach, was, as is usual in such cases, the legitimate highway.

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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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