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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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dismaying - causing consternationdismaying - causing consternation; "appalling conditions"
alarming - frightening because of an awareness of danger
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SIR, - While dismayed by all politics these days, the sight of our Scottish parliamentarians gloating at Britain's recent misfortunes - exploiting any exposed weakness to promote their own divisive agenda - is the most dismaying.
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Today's need for the morning-after pill, abortion on demand and contraception for little girls may be dismaying.