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tr.v. dis·mayed, dis·may·ing, dis·mays
1. To cause to lose enthusiasm or resolution; disillusion or discourage: "young executives dismayed by the corporate ladder" (Peter Grose). See Synonyms at discourage.
2. To upset or distress: "Parents may be dismayed by the mess from sand or paint spread around by the pair or group at play" (Elizabeth Noble).
A sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger.

[Middle English dismaien, from Anglo-Norman *desmaiier : probably de-, intensive pref.; see de- + Old French esmaier, to frighten (from Vulgar Latin *exmagāre, to deprive of power : Latin ex-, ex- + Germanic *magan, to be able to; see magh- in Indo-European roots).]

dis·may′ing·ly adv.


filled with depression or discouragementfilled with apprehension or alarm
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dismayed - struck with fear, dread, or consternationdismayed - struck with fear, dread, or consternation
afraid - filled with fear or apprehension; "afraid even to turn his head"; "suddenly looked afraid"; "afraid for his life"; "afraid of snakes"; "afraid to ask questions"


[ˌdɪsˈmeɪd] adjconsterné(e)
to be dismayed at sth → être consterné(e) par qch
to be dismayed to find that ... → être consterné(e) de voir que ...
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The wound was not mortal; but, luckily, it dismayed instead of enraged the animal, and he retreated into the thicket.
Grose looked across at me dismayed, while I had nothing to do but communicate again with the figure that, on the opposite bank, without a movement, as rigidly still as if catching, beyond the interval, our voices, was as vividly there for my disaster as it was not there for my service.
They were so perfectly dismayed, that they could not be induced even to go in quest of their traps, which they had set in a neighboring stream.
They looked at each other with dismayed and embarrassed faces.
Then she swayed, lost her balance, stumbled, staggered, and fell, sliding down over the sun-baked roof and crashing off it through the tangle of Virginia creeper beneath-- all before the dismayed circle below could give a simultaneous, terrified shriek.
Pollyanna, following the direction of her aunt's last dismayed gaze, saw, through the open windows of the sun parlor, the horse and gig turning into the driveway.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday in an official release, "We are deeply dismayed that the Government of Maldives has extended the State of Emergency for a further 30 days.
Another candidate from Charsadda also looked dismayed as he feared if such tests were delayed he would be overage to apply for government job.
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