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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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as in: a dismal expression Define
depressing or gloomy
  • Everything was dismally still.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • He got it out, rumpled and wilted, and it mightily increased his dismal felicity.
  • Tom partly uncovered a dismal caricature of a house with two gable ends to it and a corkscrew of smoke issuing from the chimney.

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  • They buried the shingle close to the wall, with some dismal ceremonies and incantations, and the fetters that bound their tongues were considered to be locked and the key thrown away.
  • Arrived at the dreadful place, he wormed his small body through the crowd and saw the dismal spectacle.
  • The boy remained as dismal as a hearse.
  • Just at this point he met his soul’s sworn comrade, Joe Harper —hard-eyed, and with evidently a great and dismal purpose in his heart.
  • Each wandered away, from time to time, but the same dismal fascination always brought them back presently.
  • They made an imposing adventure of it, saying, "Hist!" every now and then, and suddenly halting with finger on lip; moving with hands on imaginary dagger-hilts; and giving orders in dismal whispers that if "the foe" stirred, to "let him have it to the hilt," because "dead men tell no tales."
  • The procession moved along the main avenue some three-quarters of a mile, and then groups and couples began to slip aside into branch avenues, fly along the dismal corridors, and take each other by surprise at points where the corridors joined again.
  • Then there was a dispute about who saw the dead boys last in life, and many claimed that dismal distinction, and offered evidences, more or less tampered with by the witness; and when it was ultimately decided who DID see the departed last, and exchanged the last words with them, the lucky parties took upon themselves a sort of sacred importance, and were gaped at and envied by all the rest.

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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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