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

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