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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"


  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.

  2. dismaynoun

    Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.

  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.

  4. dismayverb

    To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.

  5. dismayverb

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

  6. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dismaynoun

    Fall of courage; terrour felt; desertion of mind; fear impressed.

    Etymology: desmayo, Spanish.

    All sat mute,
    Pondering the danger with deep thoughts; and each
    In others countenance read his own dismay. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    This then not minded in dismay, yet now
    Assures me that the bitterness of death
    Is past. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 156.

  2. To DISMAYverb

    To terrify; to discourage; to affright; to depress; to deject.

    Etymology: desmayar, Spanish.

    Their mighty strokes their haberjeons dismay’d. Fai. Qu.

    Enemies would not be so troublesome to the western coasts, nor that country itself would be so often dismayed with alarms as they have of late years been. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    He will not fail thee; fear not, neither be dismayed. Deutr.

    Nothing can make him remiss in the practice of his duty, no prospect of interest can allure him, no fear of danger dismay him. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.


  1. dismay

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  1. dismay

    Dismay is a strong feeling of fear, worry, disappointment, or disapproval. It often occurs when something surprising or unexpected happens that is unfavorable or disappointing. It is a feeling of being powerless or loss of courage due to sudden obstacle, danger or frustration.

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. China Resources:

    Over two-third of the board should be eight people...so China Resource thinks this proposal has not been approved, china Resources expresses strong dismay to Vanke announcing an approval of the deal before serious consideration of its board directors' opinions.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Phyllis Woods:

    I was just watching with increasing alarm and dismay.

  5. David Cumming:

    We note with some dismay the timing of Nissin's acquisition of a stake in Premier Foods. In our view, this does not reflect well on the Premier Foods Board's objectivity and commitment regarding its engagement with McCormick and consequently its desire to pursue maximum value for shareholders, although we believe the 60 pence bid indicated by McCormick is too low, we remain open to a bid at a higher level. We expect the Premier Foods Board, on behalf of its shareholders, to engage with McCormick and pursue this option to the full.

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  • فزعArabic
  • страх, смут, ужасявам, уплашвамBulgarian
  • zděšeníCzech
  • Furcht, OhnmachtGerman
  • φόβοςGreek
  • consternación, estupefacción, espantoSpanish
  • tyrmistysFinnish
  • désarroi, avoir peur, consternation, affliger, mortifierFrench
  • बेचैनीHindi
  • costernazione, sbigottimento, mortificare, abbattersi, abbattere, scoraggiarsi, smarrimento, scoraggiare, mortificarsiItalian
  • 狼狽Japanese
  • 경악하다, 놀라다, 실망, 놀람, 경악Korean
  • angstig zijn, laten besterven, met wanhoop vervullen, teleurstellingDutch
  • desperare, spaimăRomanian
  • ужаснуть, уныние, тревожить, встревожить, ужасать, испуг, страхRussian
  • బెదిరిస్తూTelugu
  • ความตกใจThai
  • ڈرامہUrdu

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