What does dismay mean?

Definitions for dismay
dɪsˈmeɪdis·may

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word dismay.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discouragement, disheartenment, dismaynoun

    the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

  2. alarm, dismay, consternationverb

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  3. depress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoraliseverb

    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, horrifyverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. dismaynoun

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  2. dismaynoun

    Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.

    Etymology: 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.

  3. dismayverb

    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.

    Etymology: 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.

  4. dismayverb

    To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.

    Etymology: 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.

  5. dismayverb

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

    Etymology: 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. Dismayverb

    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. Dismayverb

    to render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet

  3. Dismayverb

    to take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay

  4. Dismayverb

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

  5. Dismayverb

    condition fitted to dismay; ruin

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dismay

    dis-mā′, v.t. to terrify: to discourage.—n. loss of strength and courage through fear.—n. Dismay′edness.—adj. Dismay′ful (Spens.). [A hybrid word, from an O. Fr. desmayerdes (= L. dis), and Old High Ger. magan (Ger. mögen) = A.S. magan, to have might or power. See May.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismay in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dismay in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of dismay in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Mike Espy:

    It’s been some time since I worked in Washington and I have witnessed with dismay the continuing dysfunction, i have proven that I can work with everyone as long as the goal is a better Mississippi.

  3. 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.

  4. Phyllis Woods:

    I was just watching with increasing alarm and dismay.

  5. Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera:

    It could be that the tears of joy on some opposition politicians will turn into tears of dismay by the morning.

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  • فزعArabic
  • уплашвам, смут, ужасявам, страхBulgarian
  • zděšeníCzech
  • Ohnmacht, FurchtGerman
  • φόβοςGreek
  • espanto, estupefacción, consternaciónSpanish
  • tyrmistysFinnish
  • mortifier, désarroi, affliger, avoir peur, consternationFrench
  • बेचैनीHindi
  • 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
  • బెదిరిస్తూTelugu
  • ความตกใจThai
  • ڈرامہUrdu

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