Simple Definition of dismal
: showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
: very bad or poor
Examples of dismal in a sentence
The show was a dismal failure.
The team's record is dismal.
Did You Know?
In antiquity, days each month, “Egyptian days,” were as inauspicious, probably as a relic of Egyptian . By the Middle , people them to be anniversaries of the Biblical plagues in Egypt. There were 24 days year, and in Anglo-French were collectively dismal (from Latin dies mali, “evil days”), and this word was borrowed into Middle English. In time the “evil days” was and dismal was simply to “disastrous.” The noun dismal, “swamp,” goes to the 1700s when the marshy region in Virginia and North Carolina was named the Dismal Swamp.
Origin and Etymology of dismal
Middle English, from dismal, noun, days marked as unlucky in medieval calendars, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin dies mali, literally, evil days
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of dismal
DISMAL Defined for Kids
Definition of dismal for Students
: very gloomy <dismal weather>
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