She was alone, alone on the dismal moor. The prospects for the company looked very dismal.
Advanced English Dictionary
+adjective 1 causing or showing sadness Synonym: MISERABLE, GLOOMY dismal conditions / surroundings / weather + Christmas will be dismal without the children. 2 (informal) not skilful or successful; of very low quality: The singer gave a dismal performance of some old songs. + Their recent attempt to increase sales has been a dismal failure. dismally adverb: I tried not to laugh but failed dismally (= was completely unsuccessful).
Collocation Dictionary adj
be, look | become
It was a really dismal day.
| a bit, fairly, pretty, rather
Last year's results were fairly dismal.
Random quote: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.: Albert Einstein