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, drearyadjective

    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. dismaladjective

    Disappointingly inadequate.

    He received a dismal compensation

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

  2. dismaladjective

    Gloomy and bleak.

    The storm made for a dismal weekend

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

  3. dismaladjective

    Depressing.

    She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dismaladjective

    fatal; ill-omened; unlucky

  2. Dismaladjective

    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. Migrant Rights Director Steve Valdez-Symonds:

    Sending people to another country -- let alone one with such a dismal human rights record -- for asylum' processing' is the very height of irresponsibility and shows how far removed from humanity and reality the Government now is on asylum issues.

  2. Phil Robertson:

    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.

  3. Henry Van Dyke:

    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.

  4. Delara Derakhshani:

    One of the biggest questions about Charter and Time Warner Cable is whether the deal is in the public interest. Frankly, we're skeptical, prices for cable and broadband continue to go up, and customer service is dismal.

  5. 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.

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