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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 dis·mal /ˈdɪzməl/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·mal a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
          gloomy, grim]