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Dismal, striking the mind with sorrow or dismay: “be this d. sight the closing up of our most wretched eyes,” Tit. III, 1, 262. “this torture should be roared in d. hell,” Rom. III, 2, 44. “my d. scene I needs must act alone,” IV, 3, 19. “my fell of hair would at a d. treatise rouse and stir,” Mcb. V, 5, 12. “the sight is d.” Hml. V, 2, 378.
More especially == ill-boding, fatal: this d. cry (of the hounds) “rings sadly in her ear,” Ven. 889. “I am wrapped in d. thinkings,” All's V, 3, 128. “and Bolingbroke my sorrow's d. heir,” R2 II, 2, 63. “a raven's note, whose d. tune bereft my vital powers,” H6B III, 2, 41. “like to a d. clangor heard afar,” H6C II, 3, 18. his (the screech-owl's) “d. threatening sound,” II, 6, 58. “chattering pies in d. discords sung,” V, 6, 48. so full of d. terror was the time (of sleep) R3 I, 4, 7. for more slander to thy d. seat (Pomfret), R3 III, 3, 13. “a d. yew,” Tit. II, 3, 107. “a joyless, d., black and sorrowful issue,” IV, 2, 67. “unto a d. and a fatal end,” Mcb. III, 5, 21. “smeared with heraldry more d.” Hml. II, 2, 478. “this ornament makes me look d.” Per. V, 3, 74. “a d. fight,” H6A I, 1, 105; cf. “Norway began a d. conflict,” Mcb. I, 2, 53.
Superl. “dismallest:” Tit. I, 384 and II, 3, 204.
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