• IPA: /dɪsˈmeɪ/

dismay (dismays, present participle dismaying; past and past participle dismayed)

  1. 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.
    • 1611, King James Version, Josh. i. 9
      Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed.
    • What words be these? What fears do you dismay?
  2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.
    • Do not dismay yourself for this.
  3. To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.
    • 1592, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, III. iii. 1:
      Dismay not, princes, at this accident,
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dismay (uncountable)

  1. 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
    Synonyms: consternation
    • 1596-97, William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act I Scene 3
      Come on: in this there can be no dismay;
      My ships come home a month before the day.
    He looked in dismay at the destruction of the town caused by the hurricane.
  2. Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.

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