Dismal is a dreary, depressing sort of bad. "With the cold rain and their team behind by six field goals, the mood in the stands was so dismal even the cheerleaders had lost their 'Rah.'"

Dismal comes from the Latin dies mali which means "bad days." There is a hopelessness implied in the word. If you fell on the way to school and cut your knee, it would be bad, but not dismal. If you fell into a giant mud puddle and had to wear dirty, crusty clothes until you got home, it might make the school day seem pretty dismal.

Definitions of dismal

adj causing dejection

“the first dismal dispiriting days of November”
blue, dark, dingy, disconsolate, drab, drear, dreary, gloomy, grim, sorry
cheerless, depressing, uncheerful
causing sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

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