Definition of the dismal science in English:

the dismal science

phrase

humorous
  • Economics.

    • ‘Well, she obviously doesn't believe that economics is the dismal science.’
    • ‘This is one of the dismal things about the dismal science of economics.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder economics is called the dismal science?’
    • ‘Smith did not just found the dismal science (economics); he also helped to pioneer the sentimental science (the psychology of emotion).’
    • ‘It is not surprising, given this picture, that economics became known as the dismal science, since the only equilibrium situation was one of subsistence wages.’