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Synonyms of dismal in English:


  • 2 she led them into a dismal cavernous hall
    [Antonyms] bright, cheerful
  • 3 informal the team have produced a string of dismal performances
    bad, poor, dreadful, awful, terrible, pitiful, disgraceful, lamentable, deplorable;
    inferior, mediocre, unsatisfactory, inadequate, second-rate, third-rate, shoddy, inept, bungling
    informal crummy, dire, diabolical, bum, rotten, pathetic, lousy, poxy
    British informal duff, rubbish, ropy, chronic, pants, a load of pants
    vulgar slang crap, crappy, shitty
    North American vulgar slang chickenshit
    archaic direful
    rare egregious
    [Antonyms] excellent
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