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as in:  a dismal expression

It was a dark and dismal night.
  depressing or gloomy
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dismal dismally
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  • It was a dark and dismal night.
  • a dismal life of slavery
  • a dismal earnings outlook for the industry
  • Advancing more and more into the shadow of this mournful place, its dark depressing influence stole upon their spirits, and filled them with a dismal gloom.
    Charles Dickens  --  The Old Curiosity Shop

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  • My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
    Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • If you think it ain’t dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you’ll see.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • At this dismal time we were evidently all possessed by the idea that we were followed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Everything was dismally still.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • This dismal shade must separate me from the world:
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • shook its chain with such a dismal and appalling noise,
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol

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  • The Widow Douglas she took me for her son, and allowed she would sivilize me; but it was rough living in the house all the time, considering how dismal regular and decent the widow was in all her ways; and so when I couldn’t stand it no longer I lit out.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • It was the first I ever see it growing, and it made the woods look solemn and dismal.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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