Definitions for dismaydɪsˈmeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•may*dɪsˈmeɪ(v.t.)

  1. to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; daunt.

  2. to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion.

  3. to alarm; perturb.

  4. (n.)sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.

  5. sudden disillusionment.

  6. agitation of mind; perturbation.

* Syn: See discourage.

Origin of dismay:

1275–1325; ME de(s)mayen, dismayen < presumed AF alter., by prefix change, of OF esmaier to trouble, frighten < VL *exmagāre to disable =ex-ex -1+*magāre < Gmc *magan to be able to; see may1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discouragement, disheartenment, dismay(noun)

    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

  2. alarm, dismay, consternation(verb)

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  3. depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise(verb)

    lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

    "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"

  4. dismay, alarm, appal, appall, horrify(verb)

    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

    "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dismay(noun)ɪsˈmeɪ

    strong disappointment or sadness

    To her dismay, he had already left.; My parents looked dismayed.

Wiktionary

  1. dismay(Noun)

    A sudden or complete loss of courage and firmness in the face of trouble or danger; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation.

  2. dismay(Noun)

    Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.

  3. dismay(Verb)

    To disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive of firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.

  4. dismay(Verb)

    To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.

  5. dismay(Verb)

    To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.

  6. Origin: From dismayen, from *, alteration of esmaier, from *, from ex- + *, of origin, ultimately from maginan, from mēgh-. Akin to magan, megin, mægen, magan, mugan, magan. More at main, may.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dismay(verb)

    to disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive or firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify

  2. Dismay(verb)

    to render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet

  3. Dismay(verb)

    to take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay

  4. Dismay(verb)

    loss of courage and firmness through fear; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation

  5. Dismay(verb)

    condition fitted to dismay; ruin


Translations for dismay

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

dismay(noun)

the state of being shocked and upset

a shout of dismay.

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