What does dismal mean?

dismal meaning in General Dictionary

deadly ill omened unfortunate

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  • causing dejection
  • Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.
  • Gloomy toward eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing into the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal perspective; dismal stories; a dismal spot.

dismal meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, from Anglo-French dismal (mid-13c.), from Old French (li) dis mals "(the) bad times," from Medieval Latin dies mali "evil or unlucky days" (also called dies


dismal meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.

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  • (a.) Gloomy into the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to your emotions; foreboding; cheerless; lifeless; dreary; because, a dismal outlook; dismal tales; a dismal location.

Sentence Examples with the word dismal

Their dismal scream is truly Ben Jonsonian.

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