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dismal

  

      adj  
1    causing gloom or depression  
2    causing dismay or terror  
     (C13: from dismal (n) list of 24 unlucky days in the year, from Medieval Latin dies mali bad days, from Latin dies day + malus bad)  
  dismally      adv  
  dismalness      n  


dismal science  
      n   the. a name for economics coined by Thomas Carlyle  
Dismal Swamp   , Great Dismal Swamp  
      n   a coastal marshland in SE Virginia and NE North Carolina: partly reclaimed. Area: about 1940 sq. km (750 sq. miles). Area before reclamation: 5200 sq. km (2000 sq. miles)  
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dismal

  
  
black, bleak, cheerless, dark, depressing, despondent, discouraging, dolorous, dreary, forlorn, funereal, gloomy, gruesome, lonesome, louring or lowering, lugubrious, melancholy, sad, sombre, sorrowful, wretched  
  
Antonyms     
   bright, cheerful, cheery, glad, happy, joyful, light-hearted, sunny  

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