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  • adv. In a dismal manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a dismal manner; gloomily; sorrowfully; uncomfortably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a dismal manner; with gloom or sorrow; cheerlessly; depressingly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a cheerless manner
  • adv. in a dreadful manner


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  • Down in the valley the coyotes called dismally, with that infinite shrill sadness of wild things that hunger, and in their wailing pulsed the eternal and unanswerable "Why?" challenging the peaceful stars.

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  • Leaders from the Thabo Mbeki era failed "dismally" to deal with divisions in the ANC, Arts and Culture Minister Pallo Jordan said, the

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  • Durban, Mangaliso Kubheka, attacked government policies on land reform and said it had failed "dismally" to protect the landless, in particular farm labourers.

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  • Provincial health spokesman Tsepo Moshima said hospital superintendents had failed "dismally" to keep track of actual work performed by contract doctors.

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  • Education MEC Dr Vincent Zulu had failed "dismally" to integrate the five agency departments into one provincial education department.

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  • a typically North Country autumnal morning, cold, raw, rainy; the tops of the neighbouring hills were capped with dark clouds; sea-birds called dismally across the heather; the sea, seen in glimpses through vistas of fir and pine, looked angry and threatening.

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  • Businesses are performing "dismally" when it comes to implementing equality in the workplace.

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  • Zuma, when he criticised "narrow BEE" which had failed "dismally" to transform the country's mining-based economy.

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