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.
grungy, gamey, hope, sulky, good-for-nothing, begrimed, coloured, relentless, light, grimy, puritanical, sour, mordant, down, no-good, deplorable, unrelenting, opaque, benighted, moody, distressing, good-for-naught, dour, sable, depressing, unappeasable, macabre, regretful, ghastly, saturnine, blue-blooded, no-account, down in the mouth, low-spirited, swart, meritless, aristocratical, blueish, spicy, puritanic, sad, forbidding, muddied, unconsolable, blue, sombre, risque, uncheerful, sorry, sinister, sober, blasphemous, glooming, inexorable, racy, no-count, dirty, mysterious, sick, non-white, gamy, olive-drab, grim, bad, muddy, profane, gloomful, raunchy, patrician, aristocratic, glowering, inconsolable, tenebrific, naughty, happy, dark-skinned, unforgiving, dingy, lamentable, stern, sullen, juicy, dispiriting, gentle, low, downcast, grubby, grisly, disconsolate, drear, drab, gruesome, bluish, pitiful
dark (part of speech: adjective)
desolate (part of speech: adjective)
hopeless (part of speech: adjective)
depressing (part of speech: verb)
frowning, sepulchral, dolorous, cheerful, lowering, afflictive, funereal, overcast, sorrowful, gray, mournful, unfortunate, inauspicious, horrible, monotonous, disagreeable, horrid, joyful, woebegone, tedious, boring, dull, comfortless, joyless, regrettable, unwholesome, doleful, desolate, wan, unhappy, dreadful, morbid, discouraging
- After this Cambridge pressed us hard, and I had to fall on the ball continually, which is a dismal performance until one gets warmed up to it. - "Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate", Charles Turley.
- However, I am not displeased with it, and, if it may be of any advantage to you, I shall not consider myself in it; but let me beg, then, that you will leave off those dismal thoughts. - "The-Love-Letters-of-Dorothy-Osborne-to-Sir-William-Temple-1652-54", Osborne, Dorothy.
- It was all in a day's work, and already they had forgotten the dismal night, or if they had not in fact forgotten it they had at least put it behind them as an experience of small importance. - "Bobby of the Labrador", Dillon Wallace.