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dismay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of dismay

  1. 1 the emotion felt when one's expectations are not met filled with dismay at not making the finals Synonyms of dismay disappointment, dissatisfaction, frustration, letdownWords Related to dismay crestfallenness, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disgruntlement, displeasure; disenchantment, disillusionment; blues, dejectedness, dejection, depression, desolateness, desolation, despondency, disconsolateness, distress, doldrums, dolefulness, dolor, downheartedness, dreariness, dumps, gloom, gloominess, joylessness, melancholy, mopes, oppression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness; chagrin, discomfitureNear Antonyms of dismay fulfillment (or fulfilment); bliss, felicity, gladness, happiness, joyAntonyms of dismay content, contentedness, contentment, gratification, satisfaction

  2. 2 the state of being discouraged in my dismay I failed to realize that there would be other chances Synonyms of dismay demoralization, despair, despondency, disheartenment, discouragement, dispiritednessWords Related to dismay blues, dejection, depression, dumps, gloom, melancholy, mopes; defeatism, pessimism, resignationNear Antonyms of dismay optimism, sanguinityAntonyms of dismay encouragement


dismay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of dismay

  1. 1 to lessen the courage or confidence of the imposing climb up the mountain dismayed us even before we got started Synonyms of dismay chill, daunt, demoralize, dishearten, discourage, dispirit, frustrate, unman, unnerveWords Related to dismay browbeat, bully, cow, intimidate; depress, sadden, weigh; afflict, try; damp, dampen, deaden; distress, trouble; bother, irk, vex, worry; debilitate, enfeeble, undermine, weaken; frighten, horrify, scareNear Antonyms of dismay buoy (up), cheer, gladden; animate, enliven, invigorate; enforce, fortify, reinforce (also reenforce), strengthen; assure, reassure; boost, energize, excite, galvanize, inspire, lift, provoke, quicken, rally, stimulate, stirAntonyms of dismay embolden, encourage, hearten, nerve, steel

  2. 2 to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy parents who became increasingly dismayed by their son's foundering marriage Synonyms of dismay agitate, ail, alarm (also alarum), bother, concern, derail, discomfort, discompose, disturb, disquiet, distemper, distract, distress, exercise, flurry, frazzle, freak (out), fuss, hagride, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, weird out, worryWords Related to dismay aggravate, anger, annoy, bug, chafe, chivy (or chivvy), exasperate, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put off, put out, rile, vex; bedevil, haunt, plague; abash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, jar, mortify, nonplus, rattle, shake up; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerveNear Antonyms of dismay allay, alleviate, assuage; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of dismay calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

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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