adj.阴沉的,凄凉的,暗的 vt.使人消沉 n.低落的情绪,沼泽
1 causing or showing sadness; gloomy; miserable （使人）悲伤的; 凄凉的; 阴沉的; 悲惨的
*dismal weather, countryside 阴沉沉的天气、乡村
* The news was as dismal as ever. 这消息还是叫人提不起劲来.
* a dismal manner, tone of voice, look, etc 郁郁寡欢的样子、悲戚的语调、凄楚的神情等.
2 (infml 口) less good than expected; poor 差劲的; 不怎么样的
*a dismal performance in the elections 在选举中差劲的表现.
[Date: 1300-1400; Language: Anglo-French;Origin:Medieval Latin dies mali 'evil days']
if a situation or a place is dismal, it is so bad that it makes you feel very unhappy and hopeless
The future looks pretty dismal right now.
a dismal, grey afternoon
bad and unsuccessful
The team's record so far is pretty dismal.
Her scheme was a dismal failure .
1. This is a piece of dismal news. 这是条令人沮丧的消息。