dismal (adj.) Old form(s): dismall
disastrous, calamitous, devastating
1H6 I.i.105[Third Messenger to nobles] I must inform you of a dismal fight
Ham II.ii.454[Hamlet to First Player, quoting lines about Pyrrhus] this dread and black complexion smeared / With heraldry more dismal
Ham V.ii.361.2[Ambassador to all] The sight is dismal
Mac III.v.21[Hecat to Witches] this night I'll spend / Unto a dismal and a fatal end
Mac V.v.12[Macbeth to himself] The time has been ... my fell of hair / Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir / As life were in't
RJ IV.iii.19[Juliet alone] My dismal scene I needs must act alone
TNK III.v.113[Schoolmaster to Theseus] dainty Duke, whose doughty dismal fame ... / Is blown abroad [i.e. causing disaster to others]
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