The national numbers recorded on Polling Report are dismal.
The American economic debate in the face of these looming challenges has been dismal.
Tony Blair (who also left office with dismal approval ratings) was paid $500,000 for a November 2007 trip to China.
But unlike many other detractors of the dismal errand into Iraq, Danner leavens his acid judgments with firsthand reporting.
But there was still a paper to get out in Washington, and I went there late in the afternoon to tackle the dismal job.
The courier was then introduced, and made his dismal report.
This illuminated the entire room, but in a partial and dismal manner.
A gondolier with a grudge can be a most dismal companion, for he talks to himself.
Many a dismal and unhappy tale might be wrought out of its other adventures.
But a dismal succession of new falsehoods and new blind guides appeared.
c.1400, from Anglo-French dismal (mid-13c.), from Old French (li) dis mals "(the) bad days," from Medieval Latin dies mali "evil or unlucky days" (also called dies Ægyptiaci), from Latin dies "days" (see diurnal) + mali, plural of malus "bad" (see mal-).
Through the Middle Ages, calendars marked two days of each month as unlucky, supposedly based on the ancient calculations of Egyptian astrologers (Jan. 1, 25; Feb. 4, 26; March 1, 28; April 10, 20; May 3, 25; June 10, 16; July 13, 22; Aug. 1, 30; Sept. 3, 21; Oct. 3, 22; Nov. 5, 28; Dec. 7, 22). Modern sense of "gloomy, dreary" first recorded in English 1590s, in reference to sounds. Related: Dismally.