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dismal

adjective

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."

Usage Examples:

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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