[ UK /dˈɪzməl/ ]
[ US /ˈdɪzməɫ/ ]
  1. causing dejection
    a blue day
    grim rainy weather
    the dark days of the war
    the first dismal dispiriting days of November
    a week of rainy depressing weather
    a dark gloomy day
    a disconsolate winter landscape
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How To Use dismal In A Sentence

  • I was disappointed to see very few (if any) contributions to the patients' issue from doctors who currently face patients in an emergency, at unsocial hours, in dismal surroundings.
  • He walked all the way home very dismally, and dined alone with Briggs. Vanity Fair
  • Failing to do so imperils his chances by giving us nothing to be excited about, much less to work for and a likely dismal voter turnout.
  • The future looks pretty dismal right now.
  • Neither side show ambition as the dismal opening round hits rock bottom. Times, Sunday Times
  • Even while he was missing, those uncertain hours of anxious speculation and dismal journalism, she had assumed Maxwell would be found boomingly alive, having spent the whole time enjoying the amorous advances of a short-sighted minke whale. Country of the Blind
  • Her reassuring smile did little to reassure her dismal friends.
  • Corruption takes root when donors expect failure and recipients know that dismal performance will bring no adverse consequences.
  • The profit margin on hardware sales for the first quarter was a dismal 29%.
  • Indeed, by the end of last year, a season in which he slumped to a dismal 133rd on the money list, he had lost his right to even play in Europe.
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