Dismal meaning

dĭzməl
The definition of dismal is something that is gloomy that makes you feel sad.

An example of dismal is a cloudy day.

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Depressed; miserable.
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Causing gloom or depression; dreary.

Dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.

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The storm made for a dismal weekend.

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She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair.

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Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit.

A dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.

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Causing gloom or misery; depressing.
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Dark and gloomy; bleak; dreary.
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Dreadful; disastrous.
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Disappointingly inadequate.

He received a dismal compensation.

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Origin of dismal

  • Middle English unlucky days, unlucky from Anglo-Norman unlucky days from Medieval Latin diēs malī Latin diēs pl. of diēs day dyeu- in Indo-European roots Latin malī pl. of malus evil mel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman dismal, from Old French (li) dis mals (“(the) bad days”), from Medieval Latin diēs (“day”) mālī (“bad”).

    From Wiktionary