Other Word Forms of Dismal
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”).
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