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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Dismal

DISMAL, adjective s as z. [I am not satisfied with the etymologies of this word which I have seen. ]

1. Dark; gloomy; as a dismal shade.

2. Sorrowful; dire; horrid; melancholy; calamitous; unfortunate; as a dismal accident; dismal effects.

3. Frightful; horrible; as a dismal scream.