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"dismal" in British English

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dismaladjective

uk   us   /ˈdɪz.məl/
(Definition of dismal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dismal" in American English

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dismaladjective

 us   /ˈdɪz·məl/
dark and ​sad, without ​hope, or very ​bad: The ​trip was a dismal ​failure.
(Definition of dismal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"dismal" in Business English

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dismaladjective

uk   us   /ˈdɪzməl/
very ​bad: In January, after a dismal ​holidaysalesseason, the ​retailerfiled for Chapter 11 ​bankruptcyprotection.dismal picture/news/outlook Another damper on ​investment is the dismal ​picture for ​corporateprofits. Investors may be ​deterred by the dismal ​performance of ​telecomsshares in recent weeks.
(Definition of dismal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dismal”
in Korean 음울한…
in Arabic كَئيب…
in Malaysian muram…
in French lugubre…
in Russian гнетущий, мрачный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 悲傷絕望的,憂鬱茫然的, 十分糟糕的…
in Italian tetro…
in Turkish kasvetli, sıkıntılı, nahoş…
in Polish przygnębiający, ponury, żałosny…
in Spanish deprimente, triste, desalentador…
in Vietnamese buồn thảm…
in Portuguese triste, sombrio…
in Thai หดหู่…
in German düster…
in Catalan depriment…
in Japanese 憂うつな…
in Chinese (Simplified) 悲伤绝望的,忧郁茫然的, 十分糟糕的…
in Indonesian muram…
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