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dismal
used in Great Expectations

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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)
  • At this dismal time we were evidently all possessed by the idea that we were followed.
    Chapter 54 (41% in)
dismal = depressing or gloomy
  • At this dismal intelligence, I twisted the only button on my waistcoat round and round, and looked in great depression at the fire.
    Chapter 2 (12% in)
  • Now that we were out upon the dismal wilderness where they little thought I had been within eight or nine hours and had seen both men hiding, I considered for the first time, with great dread, if we should come upon them, would my particular convict suppose that it was I who had brought the soldiers there?
    Chapter 5 (38% in)
  • I had heard of Miss Havisham up town,—everybody for miles round had heard of Miss Havisham up town,—as an immensely rich and grim lady who lived in a large and dismal house barricaded against robbers, and who led a life of seclusion.
    Chapter 7 (85% in)
  • Within a quarter of an hour we came to Miss Havisham's house, which was of old brick, and dismal, and had a great many iron bars to it.
    Chapter 8 (14% in)
  • Miss Havisham and I had never stopped all this time, but kept going round and round the room; now brushing against the skirts of the visitors, now giving them the whole length of the dismal chamber.
    Chapter 11 (56% in)
  • When I had exhausted the garden and a greenhouse with nothing in it but a fallen-down grape-vine and some bottles, I found myself in the dismal corner upon which I had looked out of the window.
    Chapter 11 (79% in)
  • Mr. Jaggers's room was lighted by a skylight only, and was a most dismal place; the skylight, eccentrically pitched like a broken head, and the distorted adjoining houses looking as if they had twisted themselves to peep down at me through it.
    Chapter 20 (19% in)
  • I sat down in the cliental chair placed over against Mr. Jaggers's chair, and became fascinated by the dismal atmosphere of the place.
    Chapter 20 (26% in)
  • I thought it had the most dismal trees in it, and the most dismal sparrows, and the most dismal cats, and the most dismal houses (in number half a dozen or so), that I had ever seen.
    Chapter 21 (37% in)
  • I thought it had the most dismal trees in it, and the most dismal sparrows, and the most dismal cats, and the most dismal houses (in number half a dozen or so), that I had ever seen.
    Chapter 21 (37% in)
  • I thought it had the most dismal trees in it, and the most dismal sparrows, and the most dismal cats, and the most dismal houses (in number half a dozen or so), that I had ever seen.
    Chapter 21 (37% in)
  • I thought it had the most dismal trees in it, and the most dismal sparrows, and the most dismal cats, and the most dismal houses (in number half a dozen or so), that I had ever seen.
    Chapter 21 (38% in)
  • Mr. Pocket uttered a dismal groan.
    Chapter 23 (97% in)
  • "Are they any wiser?" said Sarah, with a dismal shake of the head; "they had better be wiser, than well.
    Chapter 29 (22% in)
  • Jaggers," said I, by way of putting it neatly on somebody else, "has the reputation of being more in the secrets of that dismal place than any man in London."
    Chapter 33 (63% in)
  • Two dismally absurd persons, each ostentatiously exhibiting a crutch done up in a black bandage,—as if that instrument could possibly communicate any comfort to anybody,—were posted at the front door; and in one of them I recognized a postboy discharged from the Boar for turning a young couple into a sawpit on their bridal morning, in consequence of intoxication rendering it necessary for him to ride his horse clasped round the neck with both arms.
    Chapter 35 (13% in)
  • Whatever he put on, became him less (it dismally seemed to me) than what he had worn before.
    Chapter 40 (79% in)
  • How anxious, how dismal, how long!
    Chapter 45 (9% in)
  • There was a melancholy wind, and the marshes were very dismal.
    Chapter 53 (1% in)
  • The dismal wind was muttering round the house, the tide was flapping at the shore, and I had a feeling that we were caged and threatened.
    Chapter 54 (56% in)

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