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)

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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Cite this Entry

“Dismayed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dismayed. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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