- disastrous; calamitous.
- unlucky; sinister.
Origin of dismal
OTHER WORDS FROM dismaldis·mal·ly, adverbdis·mal·ness, dis·mal·i·ty, noun
Words nearby dismal
How to use dismal in a sentence
Jakub Vrana's dismal turnover in the offensive zone led to the rush the opposite way — and the eventual game-winner.In the home of ‘The King,’ the Capitals get served with a second straight loss|Samantha Pell|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
“I suppose my larger intention was to add some light, levity and beauty to an otherwise dismal year,” she said.
This apparent bet-hedging did not seem to go over well with investors, who were asked by Bakish to overlook the company’s dismal fourth-quarter earnings that included a net loss of $273 million.Change the channel: How ViacomCBS is managing the transition from linear TV to streaming|Tim Peterson|January 5, 2021|Digiday
“We need cities to act with urgency so that we can start improving the very dismal housing supply we have now,” she said.Encinitas Wants to Exempt Itself From New State Density Law|Kara Grant|December 11, 2020|Voice of San Diego
While King County Metro received some federal aid for short-term survival, its prospects in the longer term are dismal, with the agency projecting more than $600 million in lost revenues through 2022.COVID-19 Has Been 'Apocalyptic' for Public Transit. Will Congress Offer More Help?|Alejandro de la Garza|July 21, 2020|Time
While it is sadly too late for Ms. Peña, there is hope beyond these dismal facts.Elizabeth Peña and the Truth About Alcoholic Women|Gabrielle Glaser|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there was still a paper to get out in Washington, and I went there late in the afternoon to tackle the dismal job.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
GBM is a devastating diagnosis for a neurosurgeon to deliver to a patient and their family, one with a dismal outcome.Why Men May Be More Likely to Get Deadly Brain Cancer|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|August 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It sounds like a dismal new episode of the new 24: Live Another Day.It’s Not Time to Worry About China’s Plague Just Yet|Kent Sepkowitz|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ryan McGarry M.D., director of the documentary Code Black, addresses the dismal state of urgent care.‘Code Black’: An M.D. on How to Fix Our Emergency Room Crisis|Ryan McGarry|June 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I need not inquire whether his dismal behaviour was natural or assumed.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
And when he did leave the dismal scene of this last act of his miseries, it was like the spectre of the man who had entered it.
My railway life began on a drizzling dismal day in the early autumn.
The light which discovered its dismal bounds to his solitary eyes, came from a small grated aperture in the vaulted roof.
It was still in the verge of possibility that his son might seek his father in that dismal chamber.