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dismal

dis·mal

dismal

 
pronunciation:
dIz ml
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part of speech: adjective
definition: full of gloom; sad.
It was a dismal day when we sold the house I grew up in.
synonyms:
dreary, gloomy, somber
antonyms:
cheerful, rosy
similar words:
black, bleak, dark, drab, grim, melancholy, miserable, sad, sullen
derivations: dismally (adv.), dismalness (n.)
Word History
Dismal is from dies male, a Latin phrase that means "evil days." In medieval Britain, two days in each month were marked on the calendar as unlucky days.
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