Meaning of “dismal” in the English Dictionary

"dismal" in British English

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dismaladjective

uk /ˈdɪz.məl/ 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 /ˈdɪzməl/ us

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)