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Definition of dismal:

  1. Fatal; ill- omened; unlucky.
  2. Gloomy to the eye or ear; sorrowful and depressing to the feelings; foreboding; cheerless; dull; dreary; as, a dismal outlook; dismal stories; a dismal place.

Synonyms:

inexorable, dispiriting, sour, gruesome, unconsolable, low-spirited, grim, light, unrelenting, ghastly, moody, distressing, profane, sulky, aristocratic, grungy, gamy, raunchy, desolate, puritanical, dark-skinned, joyless, deplorable, naughty, mordant, sombre, saturnine, coloured, macabre, down in the mouth, pitiful, non-white, risque, downcast, forbidding, lamentable, dour, disconsolate, drab, sorry, tenebrific, dingy, low, sinister, benighted, mysterious, no-account, grimy, bluish, patrician, regretful, cheerless, hope, glowering, sober, good-for-nothing, unforgiving, juicy, depressing, inconsolable, down, muddy, opaque, sad, uncheerful, grubby, gamey, good-for-naught, blue, olive-drab, gloomy, grisly, puritanic, no-count, happy, sorrowful, no-good, blasphemous, aristocratical, bad, unappeasable, dirty, begrimed, blueish, racy, relentless, meritless, muddied, sable, spicy, blue-blooded, sullen, drear, stern, dark, swart, dreary, glooming, sick, gloomful, gentle.

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