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blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, dismal, gloomy, grim, sorry, drab, drear, drearyadjective
"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"
He received a dismal compensation
Gloomy and bleak.
The storm made for a dismal weekend
She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair
Etymology: From dies and malus ("bad day").
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Sorrowful; dire; horrid; melancholy; uncomfortable; unhappy; dark.
Etymology: dies malus, Latin, an evil day.
On the one hand set the most glittering temptations to discord, and on the other view the dismal effects of it. Dec. of Piety.
fatal; ill-omened; unlucky
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
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.]
The numerical value of dismal in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of dismal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of dismal in a Sentence
It's looking pretty dismal over much of the West, but there are some areas where we're OK.
Panicked over his dismal reelection prospects, it appears that no bloc of Illinois voters is safe from the over-the-top and offensive rhetoric that seems to spew weekly from Mark Kirk's mouth.
It's not economic uncertainty we should be worried about rather its the doom and gloom economic realities that the key forward-looking manufacturing PMI's are telling us about the dismal health of this rapidly deteriorating global macro environment.
Nothing that Amos Yee said or posted should ever have been considered criminal -- much less merit incarceration, the dismal state of Singapore's respect for free expression can be seen in the decision to impose the criminal justice system on outspoken 16-year-olds.
Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
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- неприветлив, унил, тъжен, мраченBulgarian
- ناراحت کنندهPersian
- surullinen, synkkäFinnish
- déprimant, lugubre, morneFrench
- brònachScottish Gaelic
- gyászos, szomorú, sötét, vigasztalan, lehangoló, sikertelen, elszomorító, komor, búsHungarian
- stusslig, sturenNorwegian
- inadequado, sombrioPortuguese
- dezamagitor de inadecvat, deprimantRomanian
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