1. Fatal; ill-omened; unlucky. [Obs.]
An ugly fiend more foul than dismal day. --Spenser.
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.
Full well the busy whisper, circling round,
Convey'd the dismal tidings when he frowned. --Goldsmith.
A dismal description of an English November. --Southey.
Syn: -- Dreary; lonesome; gloomy; dark; ominous; ill-boding; fatal; doleful; lugubrious; funereal; dolorous; calamitous; sorrowful; sad; joyless; melancholy; unfortunate; unhappy.
adj 1: depressing in character or appearance; "drove through dingy
streets"; "the dismal prison twilight"- Charles
Dickens; "drab old buildings"; "a dreary mining town";
"gloomy tenements"; "sorry routine that follows on the
heels of death"- B.A.Williams [syn: dingy, drab, drear,
dreary, gloomy, sorry]
2: causing dejection; "a blue day"; "the dark days of the war";
"a week of rainy depressing weather"; "a disconsolate
winter landscape"; "the first dismal dispiriting days of
November"; "a dark gloomy day"; "grim rainy weather" [syn:
blue, dark, depressing, disconsolate, dispiriting,