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Dictionary definition for: Dismal

1. (s) depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy streets" "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles Dickens; "drab old buildings" "a dreary mining town" "gloomy tenements" "sorry routine that follows on the heels of death"- B.A.Williams

2. (s) causing dejection; "a blue day" "the dark days of the war" "a week of rainy depressing weather" "a disconsolate winter landscape" "the first dismal dispiriting days of November" "a dark gloomy day" "grim rainy weather"

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