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used in A Christmas Carol

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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)
  • 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.
    1 — Marley's Ghost (14% in)
dismal = depressing or gloomy
  • What right have you to be dismal?
    1 — Marley's Ghost (17% in)
  • dismal = depressed and feeling hopeless
  • It was not in impenetrable shadow as the other objects in the yard were, but had a dismal light about it, like a bad lobster in a dark cellar.
    1 — Marley's Ghost (51% in)
  • dismal = gloomy
  • At this the spirit raised a frightful cry, and shook its chain with such a dismal and appalling noise, that Scrooge held on tight to his chair, to save himself from falling in a swoon.
    1 — Marley's Ghost (76% in)
  • dismal = gloomy and causing loss of hope
  • Built upon a dismal reef of sunken rocks, some league or so from shore, on which the waters chafed and dashed, the wild year through, there stood a solitary lighthouse.
    3 — The Second of the Three Spirits (65% in)
dismal = gloomy
There are no more uses of "dismal" in A Christmas Carol.

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