Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being dismal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being dismal; gloominess.

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  • noun The state or quality of being dismal.

Etymologies

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dismal +‎ -ness

Examples

  • These attempts at brightness, I'm afraid, only accentuate the dismalness of the hall itself, an ironic testament to its designer, Phillip Johnson, one of the great tastemakers of the 20th century.

    Howard Kissel: Ravel et al. at the Philharmonic

  • These attempts at brightness, I'm afraid, only accentuate the dismalness of the hall itself, an ironic testament to its designer, Phillip Johnson, one of the great tastemakers of the 20th century.

    Howard Kissel: Ravel et al. at the Philharmonic

  • SMITH: You know, I sometimes get the feeling that all the darkness and dismalness you write about and we hear in this album, that it's a little bit of a front.

    Jesse Malin: Rock 'N' Roll From The Bowery

  • SMITH: You know, I sometimes get the feeling that all the darkness and dismalness you write about and we hear in this album, that it's a little bit of a front.

    Jesse Malin: Rock 'N' Roll From The Bowery

  • The sight of a shiny wet road retained its life-long capacity to induce dismalness in Wollheim: "Even today," he writes, "when in actuality the sheen on a bright wet surface has more or less lost its terrors for me, I have only in imagination to take myself back in years, and recall it in the mind's eye, and, in such moments, once again understand the full dismal power that the experience had over me."

    The Ordinary Sky: Wordsworth, Blanchot, and the Writing of Disaster

  • Already the dismalness of a level land comes over me.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

  • Apart from the general air of dismalness, the place was as I had left it the night before.

    The House on the Borderland

  • And, indeed, each time that I cast the stone, the noise of the stone to make a little trouble and dismalness in mine ears; for all did be so quiet and desolate and lost in night, that it to make us to need to be likewise so quiet, and to desire that we might go upward so silent as shadows.

    The Night Land

  • He went through the big house by himself, and he admitted to me that it had an uncomfortable feeling about it; but, of course, that might be nothing more than the natural dismalness of a big, empty house, which has been long uninhabited, and through which you are wandering alone.

    Carnacki, the Ghost Finder

  • It was the look of them, partly: the skanky paper, the low-mirth smudginess of their production; but also the dismalness of the schoolyard world they portrayed: discipline versus cheekiness, small victories, practical jokes, jeering, every teacher undernourished, every kid drawn as though he had rickets.

    Kalooki Nights

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