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used in Macbeth

3 uses
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of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
  • I am for the air; this night I'll spend Unto a dismal and a fatal end.
    3.5 — Act 3 Scene 5 — The heath (55% in)
  • Norway himself, with terrible numbers, Assisted by that most disloyal traitor The Thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict; Till that Bellona's bridegroom, lapp'd in proof, Confronted him with self-comparisons, Point against point rebellious, arm 'gainst arm, Curbing his lavish spirit: and, to conclude, The victory fell on us.
    1.2 — Act 1 Scene 2 — A Camp near Forres (79% in)
  • I have almost forgot the taste of fears: The time has been, my senses would have cool'd To hear a night-shriek; and my fell of hair Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir As life were in't: I have supp'd full with horrors; Direness, familiar to my slaught'rous thoughts, Cannot once start me.
    5.5 — Act 5 Scene 5 — Dunsinane. Within the castle (27% in)

There are no more uses of "dismal" in Macbeth.

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