What does dismal mean?

Definitions for dismal
ˈdɪz məldis·mal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, dreary(adj)

    causing dejection

    "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"

Wiktionary

  1. dismal(Adjective)

    Disappointingly inadequate.

    He received a dismal compensation

    Etymology: From dies and malus ("bad day").

  2. dismal(Adjective)

    Gloomy and bleak.

    The storm made for a dismal weekend

    Etymology: From dies and malus ("bad day").

  3. dismal(Adjective)

    Depressing.

    She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair

    Etymology: From dies and malus ("bad day").

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dismal(adj)

    fatal; ill-omened; unlucky

  2. Dismal(adj)

    gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal outlook; dismal stories; a dismal place

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dismal

    diz′mal, adj. gloomy: dreary: sorrowful: depressing.—adv. Dis′mally.—ns. Dis′malness, Dismal′ity.—n.pl. Dis′mals, mournings.—The dismals, the dumps. [O. Fr. dismal = L. dies mali, evil, unlucky days. Skeat makes O. Fr. dismal correspond to Low L. decimalis, of a tenth, pertaining to tithes—L. decimus, tenth—decem, ten.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dismal in a Sentence

  1. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    There has never been a moment in one's life when one might not have stumbled upon this strange reality: What am I doing, where am I so hurriedly running, what is my objective, this whole world is a rat race and I'm going no where, with out any goal, Isn't it?. This thought comes to me very often. Alas! what to do, don't know what and where to knock the door and experience reality. No sooner that i try, I'm again fallen into the dismal depths of abyss, into the worldly affairs”

  2. Mourad Jamal:

    The situation in the country has deteriorated, the financial state is dismal. A Yemeni national barely keeps himself going.

  3. Weiwen Ng:

    Export data from Singapore as well as the region confirm persistent cyclical and structural pressures on Asian trade, should the dismal export print persist or worsen, it will raise the odds of downside risks to Singapore's growth and put an October MAS easing into view, though that's not our base case at this juncture.

  4. Craig Johnson:

    The past weekend will not save this holiday season, but combined with online sales, it would certainly save the year from being a dismal one.

  5. Mike Strobel:

    It's looking pretty dismal over much of the West, but there are some areas where we're OK.

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