Definitions for dismaydɪsˈmeɪ

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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"


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phyllis Woods:

    I was just watching with increasing alarm and dismay.

  2. Russell Baker:

    Reporters thrive on the world's misfortune. For this reason they often take an indecent pleasure in events that dismay the rest of humanity.

  3. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A writer draws a road map where readers walk with their love, joy, anger, tears, and dismay. Every story, every poem, has different meanings for every reader.

  4. Edgar Albert Guest:

    The timid and fearful first failures dismay, but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day. He values his failures as lessons that teach The one way to get to the goal he would reach.

  5. The Bulletin:

    Three minutes( to midnight) is too close. Far too close, we, the members of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, want to be clear about our decision not to move the hands of The Doomsday Clock in 2016 : That decision is not good news, but an expression of dismay that world leaders continue to fail to focus their efforts and the world's attention on reducing the extreme danger posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • فزعArabic
  • уплашвам, смут, ужасявам, страхBulgarian
  • zděšeníCzech
  • Ohnmacht, FurchtGerman
  • espanto, estupefacción, consternaciónSpanish
  • tyrmistysFinnish
  • mortifier, désarroi, affliger, avoir peur, consternationFrench
  • abbattere, smarrimento, mortificarsi, scoraggiare, scoraggiarsi, costernazione, abbattersi, mortificare, sbigottimentoItalian
  • 狼狽Japanese
  • 실망, 놀라다, 경악하다, 놀람, 경악Korean
  • angstig zijn, teleurstelling, laten besterven, met wanhoop vervullenDutch
  • spaimă, desperareRomanian
  • встревожить, уныние, испуг, тревожить, страх, ужасать, ужаснутьRussian

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