dismal Definition

  • 1depressing, dreary, or gloomy
  • 2pitifully or disgracefully bad

Using dismal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dismal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The weather was dismal and rainy all week.

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    The company's financial performance was dismal this quarter.

  • Example

    The team's dismal record led to the coach's firing.

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    The movie received dismal reviews from critics.

dismal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dismal

Idioms Using dismal

  • a situation that is bleak or unpromising


    The report painted a dismal picture of the company's future.

  • a poor or disappointing performance


    The team's dismal performance led to their defeat.

  • a future that looks bleak or unpromising


    The country's economy has a dismal outlook due to high unemployment rates.

Phrases with dismal

  • a nickname for economics, coined by Scottish historian Thomas Carlyle in the 19th century


    Many students dread taking courses in the dismal science.

  • a complete and utter failure


    Despite their best efforts, the project was a dismal failure.

  • dismal prospects

    a future that looks bleak or unpromising


    The company's dismal prospects led to a drop in its stock price.

Origins of dismal

from Middle English 'dismal', meaning 'ill-omened'


Summary: dismal in Brief

The term 'dismal' [ˈdɪzməl] describes something that is depressing, dreary, or gloomy, such as the weather or a situation. It can also refer to something that is pitifully or disgracefully bad, like a company's financial performance or a team's record. 'Dismal' is often used in phrases like 'dismal failure' and idioms like 'a dismal picture,' which describe situations that are bleak or unpromising.