- 1Depressing; dreary: the dismal weather made the late afternoon seem like eveningMore example sentences
- And mine is the world of the rented room, where damp creeps in in the dismal gloom and music is the only thing I own.
- As glorious Tramore yet again defied the dismal weather forecasts the fans flocked to the seaside venue.
- One idea is pushing election day back into October, to spare voters going to the polls in dismal weather.
- 1.1(Of a person or a mood) gloomy: his dismal mood was not dispelled by finding the house emptyMore example sentences
- Her reassuring smile did little to reassure her dismal friends.
- After the past 10 days in the spotlight, internal morale for the 200 STB staff is dismal.
- If these really are the views of those around him, one fears he must run with a rather dismal crowd.
- 1.2 • informal Pitifully or disgracefully bad: he shuddered as he watched his team’s dismal performanceMore example sentences
- The play is a history of his romantic failures, with amorous adventures ranging from the comic to the pitiful but always dismal failures.
- This self-centredness bothered some of his followers, who quit after the party's dismal electoral performance.
- By that measure, too, Australia's recent performance looks dismal.
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- 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.
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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.
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'.