verb (used with object)
- dismal science,
- dismal swamp,
Origin of dismay
Examples from the Web for dismay
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Most expressed discomfort or dismay over the whole spectacle.America’s Women Hate the Government Shutdown, Blame Republicans|Michelle Cottle|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It should have filled us with dismay, but instead it seemed the beginning of brighter things.Tell England|Ernest Raymond
A stick broke under him with a snap, there was a sudden rustling in the bushes, and Sid uttered a cry of dismay.A Quarter-Back's Pluck|Lester Chadwick
She set the cup down before him, and he promptly dipped a fern root into it; then started back with a cry of dismay."Some Say"|Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
It was a wider passage than that which she was leaving, and this fact added to her dismay.
I was in the upper story, when, looking up, to my dismay I saw a bright light overhead; the roof had been set on fire.In the Rocky Mountains|W. H. G. Kingston
Word Origin for dismay
late 13c., dismaien, from Old French *desmaier (attested only in past participle dismaye), from Latin de- intensive prefix + Old French esmaier "to trouble, disturb," from Vulgar Latin *exmagare "divest of power or ability" (source of Italian smagare "to weaken, dismay, discourage"), from ex- (see ex-) + Germanic stem *mag- "power, ability" (cf. Old High German magen "to be powerful or able;" see may (v.)). Spanish desmayer "to be dispirited" is a loan word from Old French. Related: Dismayed; dismaying.
c.1300, from dismay (v.).