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Synonyms for dismally

in a cheerless manner


in a dreadful manner


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They drove again through the outskirts of the village and along the same road, past the yard where the frozen linen had hung (which, however, was no longer to be seen), past the same barn, which was now snowed up almost to the roof and from which the snow was still endlessly pouring past the same dismally moaning, whistling, and swaying willows, and again entered into the sea of blustering snow raging from above and below.
He don' know I'm damn goo' f'ler," cried he, dismally.
It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.
The wind howled dismally all night, and strange cracking and groaning noises sounded here, there, and everywhere in the empty house.
And Britain performed dismally with a score of 111, leaving it 11th place on the list.
Four minutes before half-time Rochdale defenders performed their own version of the Keystone Kops and failed dismally to clear a Hartlepool attack.
However, we have seen several leaders with high education qualifications perform dismally.
But much worse than that, once he had dealt with the Ross Barkley fiasco, he dismally failed to ask Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri about the club's inability to land the striker and defender manager Ronald Koeman said the club needed.
The hosts should likewise be withdrawn for failing so dismally in their duty of care to protect their guests.
He said that Pakistan is 5th largest cotton producing country but in value addition our performance is dismally poor.
So far, the EU has failed to act as a whole, and so has failed this test dismally.
I think we can be dismally confident that plans are under way to hand over to their friend and supporter Rupert Murdoch what they had hoped to give him four years ago.
Add to this the fact that awareness of this form of cancer is dismally low in the UAE.
Eschewing the painfully slow-burning suspense and pseudo-realism that helped make "Blair Witch" a sleeper smash and genre touchstone, Sanchez's thoroughly conventional approach here does little to elevate a dismally generic script from frequent collaborator Jamie Nash.
Not one of the squad that failed so dismally in Brazil deserves the permanent honour, but Hodgson will name one all the same.