dismaying


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dis·may

 (dĭs-mā′)
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).
n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dismaying - causing consternationdismaying - causing consternation; "appalling conditions"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
References in classic literature ?
On her first glance at the terrible spot where preparations were making for a death alike dismaying to the mind and painful to the body, she was observed to shudder and shut her eyes, praying internally doubtless, for her lips moved though no speech was heard.
We worked hard at setting high standards I personally have always worked hard at seeking to follow high standards in my career and so what happened was dismaying and a source of deep regret unquestionably.
Today's need for the morning-after pill, abortion on demand and contraception for little girls may be dismaying.