Dismal vs Discouraging - What's the difference?

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Dismal is a related term of discouraging.

As adjectives the difference between dismal and discouraging

is that dismal is disappointingly inadequate while discouraging is that causes discouragement.

As a verb discouraging is


As a noun discouraging is





(en adjective)
  • Disappointingly inadequate.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=April 22, author=Sam Sheringham, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Liverpool 0-1 West Brom , passage=Liverpool's efforts thereafter had an air of desperation as their dismal 2012 league form continued.}}
  • Gloomy and bleak.
  • Depressing.
  • *, chapter=12
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=So, after a spell, he decided to make the best of it and shoved us into the front parlor. 'Twas a dismal sort of place, with hair wreaths, and wax fruit, and tin lambrekins, and land knows what all. It looked like a tomb and smelt pretty nigh as musty and dead-and-gone.}}

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "dismal" is often applied: failure, performance, state, record, place, result, scene, season, year, economy, future, fate, weather, news, condition, history.


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * dismal science




  • Adjective

  • that causes discouragement
  • * 1876 Brewster Higley - A Home on the Range
  • * Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam / Where the Deer and the Antelope play; / Where never is heard a discouraging word, / And the sky is not clouded all day
  • Synonyms

    * See also


    (en noun)
  • discouragement
  • * Lydia Ann Barclay
  • But, alas! I fear the health of the better part is dwindling instead of increasing, through letting in the enemy's discouragings , and a want of feeling after the daily sap of life, whereby strength would be received to overcome all obstacles