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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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1       adj   Something that is dismal is bad in a sad or depressing way.  
It was a dismal failure.     
  dismally      adv  
He failed dismally in his opening match.     
2       adj   Something that is dismal is sad and depressing, especially in appearance.   (=dreary)  
The main part of the hospital is pretty dismal but the children's ward is really lively.     

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