dismal


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dis·mal

 (dĭz′məl)
adj.
1. Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
2. Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit: a dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
3. Obsolete Dreadful; disastrous.
n.
Chiefly South Atlantic US See pocosin.

[Middle English, unlucky days, unlucky, from Anglo-Norman, unlucky days, from Medieval Latin diēs malī : Latin diēs, pl. of diēs, day; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots + Latin malī, pl. of malus, evil; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

dis′mal·ly adv.
dis′mal·ness n.

dismal

(ˈdɪzməl)
adj
1. causing gloom or depression
2. causing dismay or terror
3. of poor quality or a low standard; feeble
[C13: from dismal (noun) list of 24 unlucky days in the year, from Medieval Latin diēs malī bad days, from Latin diēs day + malus bad]
ˈdismally adv
ˈdismalness n

dis•mal

(ˈdɪz məl)

adj.
1. causing gloom or dejection; dreary; cheerless.
2. characterized by ineptness or lack of skill or interest.
3. Obs. calamitous.
n.
4. Southern U.S. a tract of swampy land.
[1275–1325; Middle English dismale unlucky time, dismol day one of two days in each month considered unlucky (hence later taken as adj.) < Anglo-French dis mal < Medieval Latin diēs malī literally, evil days]
dis′mal•ly, adv.
dis′mal•ness, n.

dismal

- Comes from French dies mali, "evil days," and first meant the 24 evil or unlucky days of the medieval calendar (two per month).
See also related terms for unlucky.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dismal - causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war"; "a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather"
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful - causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy; "the economic outlook is depressing"; "something cheerless about the room"; "a moody and uncheerful person"; "an uncheerful place"

dismal

adjective
1. bad, awful, dreadful, rotten (informal), terrible, poor, dire, duff (Brit. informal), abysmal, frightful, godawful (slang) the country's dismal record in the Olympics
3. gloomy, depressing, dull, dreary, lugubrious, cheerless The main part of the hospital is pretty dismal.
gloomy bright, sunny, cheerful

dismal

adjective
1. Tending to cause sadness or low spirits:
3. Marked by little hopefulness:
Translations
كَئيب، مُحْزِنمُوْحِش
chmurnýpochmurnýponurýsmutný
dysterelendig
synkkäsurullinen
turoban
dapurlegur
陰気な
음침한
niūriairūškanas
drūmsnospiedošs
mračenzlovešč
förskräcklig
หดหู่
ảm đạm

dismal

[ˈdɪzməl] ADJ
1. (= gloomy, depressing) [weather] → deprimente; [place] → sombrío, deprimente; [day, tone, thought] → sombrío; [person] → taciturno, de carácter sombrío
to be in a dismal moodestar or sentirse abatido
2. (= poor) [performance, condition] → pésimo; [future] → desalentador, poco prometedor
my prospects of getting a job are dismal/pretty dismalmis posibilidades de conseguir un trabajo son ínfimas/bastante escasas
a dismal failureun rotundo fracaso

dismal

[ˈdɪzməl] adj
[place] → lugubre; [day] → maussade
[performance, results] → lamentable; [prospects] → sombre
a dismal failure → un échec lamentable

dismal

adj
(= depressing) place, building, day, prospect, weathertrostlos; thoughttrüb; it makes dismal readinges ist bedrückend zu lesen; the dismal science (= economics)politische Ökonomie
(= poor) performancekläglich, miserabel; prospectsmiserabel; the dismal state of the economydie miserable Wirtschaftslage; to be a dismal failurekläglich scheitern

dismal

[ˈdɪzml] adj (gloomy) → tetro/a, cupo/a; (weather) → grigio/a
it was a dismal failure → è stato un misero fallimento

dismal

(ˈdizməl) adjective
gloomy. dismal news; Don't look so dismal!
ˈdismally adverb

dismal

مُوْحِش pochmurný elendig trostlos ζοφερός funesto, sombrío synkkä maussade turoban fosco 陰気な 음침한 ellendig dyster posępny sombrio мрачный förskräcklig หดหู่ iç karartıcı ảm đạm 阴暗的
References in classic literature ?
Lucky for you I am, for if I put on crushed airs and tried to be dismal, as you do, we should be in a nice state.
A rusty tin eaves-trough had slipped from its fastenings at the back of the house and when the wind blew it beat against the roof of a small shed, making a dismal drumming noise that sometimes persisted all through the night.
It seemed a queer anomaly, that so gaunt and dismal a personage should take a toy in hand; a miracle, that the toy did not vanish in her grasp; a miserably absurd idea, that she should go on perplexing her stiff and sombre intellect with the question how to tempt little boys into her premises
Not so with our old Inspector One brief sigh sufficed to carry off the entire burden of these dismal reminiscences.
Many dismal tales were told about funeral trains, and mourning cries and wailings heard and seen about the great tree where the unfortunate Major Andre was taken, and which stood in the neighborhood.
It was a very dubious-looking, nay, a very dark and dismal night, bitingly cold and cheerless.
Nevertheless the sun hides not Virginia's Dismal Swamp, nor Rome's accursed Campagna, nor wide Sahara, nor all the millions of miles of deserts and of griefs beneath the moon.
They wished that she would be still; her voice sounded like the croaking of some dismal raven.
He stood for a few minutes holding the candle aloft, and blinking on our travellers with a dismal and mystified expression that was truly ludicrous.
Yes, though you may think me perverse, if it were proposed to me to dwell in the neighborhood of the most beautiful garden that ever human art contrived, or else of a Dismal Swamp, I should certainly decide for the swamp.
I was in a dismal state by this time; indeed, I was hardly enough in my right mind to keep the run of a dispute that sprung up as to how I had better be killed, the possibility of the killing being doubted by some, because of the enchantment in my clothes.
He had ten of them, and when fifty years old he left them, and sought out as dismal a refuge from the world as possible, and became a hermit in order that he might reflect upon pious themes without being disturbed by the joyous and other noises from the nursery, doubtless.