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dismay

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verb dis·may \dis-ˈmā, diz-\

Definition of dismay

dismayed

dismaying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause to lose courage or resolution (as because of alarm or fear) <must not let ourselves be dismayed by the task before us>

  3. 2 :  upset, perturb <were dismayed by the condition of the building>

dismayingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of dismay in a sentence

  1. Her choice of career dismays her parents.

  2. <the imposing climb up the mountain dismayed us even before we got started>

Origin and Etymology of dismay

Middle English, from Anglo-French desmaier, from des- dis- + -maier, from Vulgar Latin *-magare, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German magan to be able — more at may


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of dismay

dismay, appall, horrify, daunt mean to unnerve or deter by arousing fear, apprehension, or aversion. dismay implies that one is disconcerted and at a loss as to how to deal with something <dismayed at the size of the job>. appall implies that one is faced with that which perturbs, confounds, or shocks <I am appalled by your behavior>. horrify stresses a reaction of horror or revulsion <was horrified by such wanton cruelty>. daunt suggests a cowing, disheartening, or frightening in a venture requiring courage <a cliff that would daunt the most intrepid climber>.

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dismay

noun dis·may

Definition of dismay

  1. 1 :  sudden loss of courage or resolution from alarm or fear

  2. 2 a :  sudden disappointment b :  perturbation 1

Examples of dismay in a sentence

  1. His comments were met with cries of dismay.

  2. They watched in dismay as the house burned.

  3. Much to the dismay of her fans, she announced her retirement immediately after the book's release.

  4. To my dismay, I did not get chosen for the job.

  5. We listened with dismay to the news of the accident.

14th Century

First Known Use of dismay

14th century


DISMAY Defined for English Language Learners

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dismay

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verb dis·may \dis-ˈmā, diz-\

Definition of dismay for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to feel very worried, disappointed, or upset


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dismay

noun dis·may

Definition of dismay for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of being worried, disappointed, or upset


DISMAY Defined for Kids

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dismay

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verb dis·may \dis-ˈmā\

Definition of dismay for Students

dismayed

dismaying

  1. :  to feel worry, disappointment, fear, or shock <… I was dismayed to see what a mess my guests had made of my tree house. — Jean Craighead George, My Side of the Mountain>


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dismay

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noun dis·may

Definition of dismay for Students

  1. :  a feeling of fear, disappointment, shock, or worry <We listened with dismay to the bad news.>



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