how to pronounce dismal


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dismal is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of dismal in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… product a dismal review but then aldi …”

meanings of dismal


  1. Depressing, dreary, cheerless.
  2. Disappointingly inadequate.
  3. Disastrous, calamitous.
  4. Causing despair; gloomy and bleak.

dismal frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word dismal occurs in english on average 3.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dismal can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dismal can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words that rhyme with dismal


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