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Meaning of dismal

dis•mal

Pronunciation: (diz'mul), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing gloom or dejection; gloomy; dreary; cheerless; melancholy: dismal weather.
  2. characterized by ineptness or lack of skill, competence, effectiveness, imagination, or interest; pitiful: Our team played a dismal game.
    1. disastrous; calamitous.
    2. unlucky; sinister.
—n.
  1. a tract of swampy land, usually along the coast.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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