Examples of dismal in a Sentence
The show was a dismal failure.
The team's record is dismal.
Recent Examples of dismal from the Web
Five months later, the results of that appeal are dismal.
Tuesday’s seven-run rally in the seventh and eighth innings quickly turned what had been a pretty dismal night into one of the more exhilarating wins of the year.
In 1991, Hasselhoff backed a new version of the lifeguard series with his own money when the series was canceled after a dismal debut season on NBC.
The U.S. education secretary's recent recounting of the dismal education experience of a former East Hartford student aroused angry responses from the school community Friday and prompted the governor to schedule a press conference.
Support for him may have been abetted by Arizona’s dismal economy.
But after last season’s dismal 4-12 finish, the Rams are embracing the start of the post-Jeff Fisher era.
Addyi, only on the market for a year, has had dismal sales.
Herbert was one of the few bright spots in the dismal season, throwing for 1,936 yards and19 touchdowns with four interceptions in nine appearances.
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In late antiquity, certain days each month, called “Egyptian days,” were regarded as inauspicious, probably as a relic of ancient Egyptian belief. By the Middle Ages, people took them to be anniversaries of the Biblical plagues in Egypt. There were 24 such days per year, and in Anglo-French they were called collectively dismal (from Latin dies mali, “evil days”), and this word was borrowed into Middle English. In time the “evil days” sense was forgotten and dismal was simply taken to mean “disastrous.” The noun dismal, meaning “swamp,” goes back to the 1700s when the marshy region in Virginia and North Carolina was named the Great 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 English Language Learners
Definition of dismal for English Language Learners
: showing or causing unhappiness or sad feelings : not warm, cheerful, etc.
: very bad or poor
DISMAL Defined for Kids
Definition of dismal for Students
: very gloomy dismal weather
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