Dismal and Despondent

Dismal

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Dismal adjective – Causing or marked by an atmosphere lacking in cheer.
Usage example: a suitably dismal setting for a haunted house

Despondent is a synonym for dismal in sad topic. In some cases you can use "Despondent" instead an adjective "Dismal", when it comes to topics like bleak, gloomy.
Nearby Word: dismally
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Despondent

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Despondent adjective – Feeling or showing no hope.
Usage example: after four days and still no word that the missing plane had been located, the relatives were despondent

Dismal is a synonym for despondent in melancholy topic. You can use "Dismal" instead an adjective "Despondent", if it concerns topics such as dejected.
Nearby Words: despondency, despond, despondently, despondence, desponding
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state dismal state despondent state
attempt dismal attempt despondent attempt
haze dismal haze despondent haze
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