Definition of dismal in English:

dismal

Syllabification: dis·mal
Pronunciation: /ˈdizməl
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

dismally

adverb
More example sentences
  • Since the currency was launched in a blaze of euphoria it has failed dismally to realise the potential which its supporters claimed it offered.
  • The eighteenth century found his work rather barbarous, while others have found his jokes dismally unfunny.
  • It has dismally failed to prevent over forty years of constant war in Africa where, at last count, about ten armed conflicts were raging.

dismalness

noun
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  • At present the day was drizzling and chilly, while the huge volumes of smoke from a whole forest of factory chimneys tended to impart a deeper shade of dismalness to the dispiriting landscape.
  • When confronted with an empty tomb in our lives, do we look at the hopefulness of the situation or do we look at the dismalness of the situation?
  • To wait fruitfully is not to dream away the now, to brood about its dismalness, to protest its unacceptability, all the hallmarks of being bored.

Origin

late Middle English: from earlier dismal (noun), denoting the two days in each month that in medieval times were believed to be unlucky, from Anglo-Norman French dis mal, from medieval Latin dies mali 'evil days'.

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