dismal (adj.) Old form(s): dismall
sinister, ominous, malign
3H6 II.iii.18[Richard to Warwick] Like to a dismal clangour heard from far
3H6 II.vi.58[Edward to Warwick, of Clifford] Now death shall stop his dismal threatening sound
3H6 V.vi.48[King to Richard] at thy birth ... chattering pies in dismal discords sung
AW V.iii.128.1[King to all] I am wrapped in dismal thinkings
R3 III.iii.12[Rivers as if to Pomfret Castle] for more slander to thy dismal seat, / We give to thee our guiltless blood
Ven.889[of Venus hearing the hounds] This dismal cry rings sadly in her ear
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