Dismal vs Weird - What's the difference?

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Dismal is a related term of weird.

As an adjective dismal

is disappointingly inadequate.

As a noun weird is

(acronym) western, educated, industrialized, rich and democratic.




(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



    Alternative forms

    * (l) (obsolete)


  • Connected with fate or destiny; able to influence fate.
  • Of or pertaining to witches or witchcraft; supernatural; unearthly; suggestive of witches, witchcraft, or unearthliness; wild; uncanny.
  • * Longfellow
  • Those sweet, low tones, that seemed like a weird incantation.
  • * Shakespeare, Macbeth , Act 1 Scene 5
  • Whiles I stood rapt in the wonder of it, came missives from the king, who all-hailed me, 'Thane of Cawdor'; by which title, before, these weird sisters saluted me, and referred me to the coming on of time, with 'Hail, king that shalt be!'
  • Having supernatural or preternatural power.
  • There was a weird light shining above the hill.
  • Having an unusually strange character or behaviour.
  • There are lots of weird people in this place.
  • Deviating from the normal; bizarre.
  • It was quite weird to bump into all my ex-girlfriends on the same day.
  • (archaic) Of or pertaining to the Fates.
  • Usage notes

    * Weird is one of the most noted exceptions to the (I before E except after C) spelling heuristic.


    * (having supernatural or preternatural power) eerie, uncanny * (unusually strange in character or behaviour) fremd, oddball, peculiar, whacko * (deviating from the normal) bizarre, fremd, odd, out of the ordinary, strange * (of or pertaining to the Fates) fateful * See also

    Derived terms

    * weirdo * weirdly * weirdness * weird out


    (en noun)
  • (archaic) Fate; destiny; luck.
  • * 1912 , , trans. Arthur S. Way (Heinemenn 1946, p. 361)
  • In the weird of death shall the hapless be whelmed, and from Doom’s dark prison / Shall she steal forth never again.
  • A prediction.
  • (obsolete, Scotland) A spell or charm.
  • (Sir Walter Scott)
  • That which comes to pass; a fact.
  • (archaic, in the plural) The Fates (personified).
  • Synonyms

    * (l)

    Derived terms

    * * weirdless


    (en verb)
  • To destine; doom; change by witchcraft or sorcery.
  • To warn solemnly; adjure.
  • See weird out .
  • That joke really weirded me out.