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- Disappointingly inadequate.
He received a dismal compensation.
2012 April 22, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 West Brom”, in BBC Sport:
- Liverpool's efforts thereafter had an air of desperation as their dismal 2012 league form continued.
- Gloomy and bleak.
The storm made for a dismal weekend
She was lost in dismal thoughts of despair
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 12, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all. It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.
- Nouns to which "dismal" is often applied: failure, performance, state, record, place, result, scene, season, year, economy, future, fate, weather, news, condition, history.
- See also Wikisaurus:cheerless
gloomy and bleak