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dismal

adjective
 
 
/ˈdɪzməl/
very bad: In January, after a dismal holiday sales season, the retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.dismal picture/news/outlook Another damper on investment is the dismal picture for corporate profits. Investors may be deterred by the dismal performance of telecoms shares in recent weeks.
(Definition of dismal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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