dismal sciencedismal science
Origin of dismal science; from use by Thomas Carlyle in essay (1849)
(plural dismal sciences)
- (idiomatic, sometimes derogatory, sometimes humorous) Economics or the field of political economy.
Coined by Thomas Carlyle in 1849.
dismal science - Investment & Finance Definition
A nickname for economics that took hold in the nineteenth century due to the dismal outlook that economists had of strong population growth and the weak industrial structures that were unable to support strong population gains. Thomas Carlyle coined the phrase.