Disagreeable vs Dismal - What's the difference?

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Disagreeable is a related term of dismal.

As adjectives the difference between disagreeable and dismal

is that disagreeable is not agreeable, conformable, or congruous; contrary; unsuitable while dismal is disappointingly inadequate.

As a noun disagreeable

is something displeasing; anything that is disagreeable.



(Webster 1913)


(en adjective)
  • Not agreeable, conformable, or congruous; contrary; unsuitable.
  • (rfdate) Preach you truly the doctrine which you have received, and teach nothing that is disagreeable thereunto. --Udall.
  • Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
  • (rfdate) That which is disagreeable''' to one is many times agreeable to another, or '''disagreeable in a less degree. --Wollaston.

    Usage notes

    * Nouns to which "disagreeable" is often applied: odor, smell, taste, sensation, thing, person, man, woman, duty, work, feeling, manner, experience, effect, feature, business, surprise, job.


    * agreeable


    (en noun)
  • Something displeasing; anything that is disagreeable.
  • * 1855 , Blackwood's magazine (volume 77, page 331)
  • The disagreeables of travelling are necessary evils, to be encountered for the sake of the agreeables of resting and looking round you.




    (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