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Meaning of DISMAL

Pronunciation:  'dizmul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [adj]  depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens; "drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town"; "gloomy tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams

DISMAL is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: blue, cheerless, dark, depressing, dingy, disconsolate, dispiriting, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry, uncheerful



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis"mal\, a. [Formerly a noun; e. g., ``I trow it was in
the dismalle.'' Chaucer. Of uncertain origin; but perh. (as
suggested by Skeat) from OF. disme, F. d[^i]me, tithe, the
phrase dismal day properly meaning, the day when tithes must
be paid. See {Dime}.]
1. Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky. [Obs.]

         An ugly fiend more foul than dismal day. --Spenser.

2. 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.

         Full well the busy whisper, circling round, Convey'd
         the dismal tidings when he frowned.   --Goldsmith.

         A dismal description of an English November.

Syn: Dreary; lonesome; gloomy; dark; ominous; ill-boding;
     fatal; doleful; lugubrious; funereal; dolorous;
     calamitous; sorrowful; sad; joyless; melancholy;
     unfortunate; unhappy.

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