Dismal vs Shady - What's the difference?

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Dismal is a related term of shady.

As adjectives the difference between dismal and shady

is that dismal is disappointingly inadequate while shady is abounding in shades.




(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.
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  • , 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




  • Abounding in shades.
  • Causing shade.
  • * Bible, Job xl. 22
  • The shady trees cover him with their shadow.
  • Overspread with shade; sheltered from the glare of light or sultry heat.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Cast it also that you may have rooms shady for summer and warm for winter.
  • (informal) Not trustworthy; disreputable.
  • He is a shady character.
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  • Jon & Kate Plus 8'' is a show based on two facts: 1)''' Jon and Kate Gosselin have eight children, and '''2)''' the word ‘Kate’ rhymes with the word ‘eight’. One suspects that if Kate were ever to have another child, a ' shady network executive would urge her to put it in a binbag with a brick and drop it down a well. But this is just a horrifying tangent.
  • (UK, slang) Mean, cruel.
  • ''Don't be shady , give us a go.
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  • Synonyms

    * (not trustworthy) corrupt, dodgy, dubious, equivocal, seedy, sketchy, suspicious