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Definition of Dismal


  1. Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky.
  2. Gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal outlook; dismal stories; a dismal place.

Dismal Quotations

Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy.
Gary Hamel

When things are really dismal, you can laugh, or you can cave in completely.
Margaret Atwood

On a very gloomy dismal day, just such a one as it ought to be, I went to see Westminster Abbey.
Karl Philipp Moritz

I have never seen a situation so dismal that a policeman couldn't make it worse.
Brendan Behan

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.
Henry Van Dyke
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Dismal Translations

dismal in Afrikaans is alledaags, donker, onaangenaam
dismal in Finnish is surullinen
dismal in Italian is spaventoso, abominevole, orrendo, fosco
dismal in Norwegian is sturen
dismal in Spanish is triste, lobrego
dismal in Swedish is kuslig, sorglig, ruskig
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