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dismal science

noun
1.
the dismal science, a name for economics coined by Thomas Carlyle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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  • He blamed the dismal science for the dismal facts and for the inadequacies of its classic expounders.

    The Critical Game John Albert Macy
  • History and the dismal science had interested him immensely.

    A Hoosier Chronicle Meredith Nicholson
  • It was this way of looking at things that gave to political economy the name of the dismal science.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • "If it were not for your dismal science," he is sure to add; and to fire him I lay it to the defects of early training.

  • But even he who has read only thus far must know that political economy is no cold-blooded or dismal science, as people say.

    Political economy W. Stanley Jevons
  • "A dismal science," indeed, as any science is when it becomes an unlimited despotism.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • He afterwards devoted himself to lecturing in London, and was for many years the most ardent apostle of the 'dismal science.'

  • Carlyle called it "the dismal science," and most books on the subject are dismal enough to justify the term.

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