- disastrous; calamitous.
- unlucky; sinister.
Origin of dismal
OTHER WORDS FROM dismaldis·mal·ly, adverbdis·mal·ness, dis·mal·i·ty, noun
How to use dismal in a sentence
Many of the evictions taking place will go through housing courts, which have historically had dismal outcomes for defendants.Logging in to get kicked out: Inside America’s virtual eviction crisis|Eileen Guo|December 2, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The news you focus on doesn’t have to be so dark and dismal, either.Four science conversations worth having this holiday|Purbita Saha|November 27, 2020|Popular-Science
For years, the conversation about local news has been almost entirely a dismal one.‘Go in small with clear-eyed expectations’: How a crop of startups are trying to make for-profit local news work|Steven Perlberg|November 11, 2020|Digiday
When I asked oil and gas industry insiders why Pembina would push so hard for a project with such dismal economic prospects, they offered a startling explanation.It’s His Land. Now a Canadian Company Gets to Take It.|by Lee van der Voo for ProPublica|October 1, 2020|ProPublica
A study of articles published in 2009 across 10 biomedical disciplines showed a dismal picture.Biomedical studies are including more female subjects (finally)|Bethany Brookshire|June 9, 2020|Science News
Here and there however a few shrubs partially concealed the sand, and gave a variety to the scene which was dismally triste.
As Gale and Phyllis lay down on their bed of boughs in the tent with Valerie, a coyote howled dismally in the distance.The Adventure Girls at K Bar O|Clair Blank
My cow lowed dismally, and wouldn't eat, when I sold her calf; but she soon got used to doing without it.
When I got back to the house already dismally affected, I was still more sadly downcast at the sight of Mary.
The fire was a good blaze before he entered, limping dismally into the kitchen.