What does dismay mean?

Definitions for dismaydɪsˈmeɪ

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

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

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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Phyllis Woods:

    I was just watching with increasing alarm and dismay.

  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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of dismay

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Translations for dismay

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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

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