- disastrous; calamitous.
- unlucky; sinister.
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Origin of dismal
OTHER WORDS FROM dismaldis·mal·ly, adverbdis·mal·ness, dis·mal·i·ty, noun
Example sentences from the Web for dismal
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
There sat the deserted dog on his tail, howling most dismally as the boats drew up stream and left him behind.The Girls of Central High in Camp|Gertrude W. Morrison
"I'm perfectly sure I had better cable to Fred to-day that I have decided we can never be married at all," she declared, dismally.Living on a Little|Caroline French Benton
This, joined to this melancholy season, has given us all very serious alarm, and helped to make me write so dismally.The Life and Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Volume I (of 2)|Florence A. Thomas Marshall
He sat at the window all afternoon, dismally trying to devise way of escape from the dilemma.Square Deal Sanderson|Charles Alden Seltzer
Some day,” thought Margot dismally to herself, “some day I shall laugh over this!Big Game|Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey