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the dismal science

Definition of the dismal science in English:

humorous Economics.
Example sentences
  • Is it any wonder economics is called the dismal science?
  • Smith did not just found the dismal science (economics); he also helped to pioneer the sentimental science (the psychology of emotion).
  • It is not surprising, given this picture, that economics became known as the dismal science, since the only equilibrium situation was one of subsistence wages.
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