dis·​mayed dis-ˈmād How to pronounce dismayed (audio)
: experiencing or showing feelings of alarmed concern or dismay : upset, worried, or agitated because of some unwelcome situation or occurrence
the dismayed look on her face
After Galileo's much-delayed launch, dismayed ground controllers discovered that its main antenna had become stuck during the craft's long stay in storage.Bob Berman
So I was surprised, even dismayed, to receive a few e-mail messages … that accused us of relegating our Web site to a cheap marketing tool for the print magazine …Brian L. Steffens
"… we are deeply dismayed that more care was not taken to inform consumers about threats to their personal information. … "Catherine Cortez Masto and Amy Klobuchar
Many people affected by the closure announcement … were shocked and dismayed that they had no warning of the changes.CBC (Toronto) (online)

Examples of dismayed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But she’s also dismayed more broadly at what’s happened to civil discourse and tolerance on campus and how Columbia has responded. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 Apr. 2024 Immigration advocacy groups remain dismayed over the use of solitary confinement and say the issue is taking greater importance ahead of an upcoming election that is on course to see a rematch between Biden and former President Donald Trump. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 29 Mar. 2024 Although one boy received a suspension, Jo and their mother were dismayed that the school did not mete out more consequences. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 3 Apr. 2024 In the spring of 2022, Vincent became dismayed by the excessive COVID lockdown in Shanghai. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 But the employment losses in February dismayed economists and created a murky economic picture and unsettling outlook for the Bay Area. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 22 Mar. 2024 But conservative Jewish groups and Republicans were stunned and dismayed, and accused Mr. Schumer of crossing a dangerous line. Annie Karni, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024 Attwell reversed his decision and sent off Holgate, who seemed hurt, dismayed, baffled. Rory Smith, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 The data, the outlook and the solutions High mortgage rates are a big reason why some feel so dismayed with America’s housing market. Bryan Mena, CNN, 3 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1535, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dismayed was circa 1535

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“Dismayed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismayed. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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