to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy.
to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion: She was dismayed to learn of their disloyalty.
- dis·may·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use dismay in a sentence
Platforms like Facebook and other businesses whose revenue will take a hit from lost ad dollars have reacted with anger and dismay, while the opt-out means that marketers will have a tougher time targeting consumers efficiently.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better | jim cooper | September 14, 2020 | Digiday
It is only in the chapter on the Many-Worlds Interpretation that he voices his dismay.Your Guide to the Many Meanings of Quantum Mechanics - Facts So Romantic | Sabine Hossenfelder | September 3, 2020 | Nautilus
The further you get from Wall Street, the deeper the dismay about the state of the economy.Can the Dow’s Big Tech makeover finally push the blue chip index above 30,000? | Bernhard Warner | August 25, 2020 | Fortune
Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s classic 2003 novel Oryx and Crake refers to a time when “there was a lot of dismay out there, and not enough ambulances”—a prediction of our current predicament.Science Fiction Explores the Interconnectedness Revealed by the Coronavirus Pandemic | Mayurika Chakravorty | August 9, 2020 | Singularity Hub
To the dismay of many public health experts, that remains a question up for debate in the United States even as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.Why scientists say wearing masks shouldn’t be controversial | Tina Hesman Saey | June 26, 2020 | Science News
All of the officials interviewed expressed dismay about the possibility that direct payments were made to the group.
The angsty, hazy mind of a teenager is a source of constant befuddlement and dismay for full-grown observers.
And then there's a boy of about 16 (who, to my dismay, has no involvement in the show) wearing a hat made of aluminum foil.Backstage at the Razzie Awards, Honoring Hollywood’s Worst Films | David Eckstein | March 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
What can we do except to throw up our hands in dismay at the baffling nature of life?Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ | Jimmy So | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The humility of Joseph to accept this news when most would have responded with incredulity and dismay.The True Gifts of Christmas Are Life, Love, and the Mystery of God | Joshua DuBois | December 25, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Liszt looked at it, and to her fright and dismay cried out in a fit of impatience, "No, I won't hear it!"Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
From mere regrets he was passing now, through dismay, into utter repentance of his promise.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
But even such reproof may be carried too far as on one occasion I found to my dismay.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
He gave so violent a start, his face expressed so much of apprehension and dismay, that I stared at him blankly.Uncanny Tales | Various
Eyes exchanged quick, anxious glances, questioning, expressive of dismay.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
British Dictionary definitions for dismay
to fill with apprehension or alarm
to fill with depression or discouragement
consternation or agitation
- dismaying, adjective
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