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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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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.