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dismal
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  • A vista of heavy oak rockers with leather seats, asleep in a dismal row.
  • All through the spring the association thrilled to its own talent in that dismal room.

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  • The backs of the chief establishments in town surrounded a quadrangle neglected, dirty, and incomparably dismal.
  • She gazed about their bedroom, and its full dismalness crawled over her: the awkward knuckly L-shape of it; the black walnut bed with apples and spotty pears carved on the headboard; the imitation maple bureau, with pink-daubed scent-bottles and a petticoated pin-cushion on a marble slab uncomfortably like a gravestone; the plain pine washstand and the garlanded water-pitcher and bowl.
  • The streaky brown wallpaper was broken in its dismal sweep only by framed texts, "Come unto Me" and "The Lord is My Shepherd," by a list of hymns, and by a crimson and green diagram, staggeringly drawn upon hemp-colored paper, indicating the alarming ease with which a young man may descend from Palaces of Pleasure and the House of Pride to Eternal Damnation.

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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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