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Definition of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
  • The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
  • I look out my window at that dismal scene and can't help but feel sad.
  • dismal = depressing
  • It is a dismal day.
  • dismal = dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
  • When she graduated from college the job market was dismal.
  • dismal = terrible or depressing
  • It is dismal weather.
  • dismal = terrible
  • It was a dismal play with terrible acting.
  • dismal = terrible
  • She's reporting a dismal earnings outlook for the industry.
  • dismal = terrible or depressing
  • 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
  • My dismal scene I needs must act alone.
    Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • The dismal truth was filtering through to everybody.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • dismal = depressing
  • Cautiously he reaches his hand to his behind and looks at me dismally.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • dismally = in a depressed manner
  • I declare, when I got back to Sotherton yesterday, it looked like a prison—quite a dismal old prison.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • dismal = gloomy or depressing
  • Devon is sometimes considered the most beautiful school in New England, and even on this dismal afternoon its power was asserted.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • dismal = gloomy (wet and overcast)
  • 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.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • dismal = depressing or gloomy
  • The valley of ashes is bounded on one side by a small foul river, and, when the drawbridge is up to let barges through, the passengers on waiting trains can stare at the dismal scene for as long as half an hour.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • dismal = depressing
  • At this dismal time we were evidently all possessed by the idea that we were followed.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • dismal = depressing or gloomy
  • This dismal shade must separate me from the world:
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • dismal = depressing
  • 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
  • dismal = depressing or gloomy
  • Everything was dismally still.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • dismally = depressingly
  • In the dismal weather, it would have been difficult with both hands, but with just the one, it was impossible.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
dismal = terrible (wet and overcast)

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