V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. depressing or hopeless; 2. bad or poor
Synonyms: dreary, gloomy, hopeless, awful, depressing, bleak, sorrowful
Antonyms: cheerful, excellent
Tips: Dismal comes from a Middle English term referring to calendar days thought to be evil. This came from the Latin dies mali, or "evil days."
The dark clouds looming overhead and the cancellation of the staff picnic left everyone at the office in a dismal mood. (gloomy, dreary, depressed)
The company's launch of customized t-shirts for cats proved to be a dismal failure. (awful)
Before losing heart and selling all your stocks, consider the source of the dismal economic forecast. (dreary, bleak)
I knew my dismal day would turn around as soon as I came home and saw my kids. (awful, depressing)
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