- 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.
- to alarm; perturb: The new law dismayed some of the more conservative politicians.
- sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.
- sudden disillusionment.
- agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.
Origin of dismay
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Examples from the Web for dismayed
Buddhist purists are dismayed by one-percenters using mindfulness to get even richer.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging.How an iPod Can Fight Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Dr. Bill Thomas
July 20, 2014
Many of your fellow citizens are dismayed by your conduct, and our anger has nothing to do with the color of your skin.An Open Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder: It’s Not About Race
July 17, 2014
Olivia is dismayed at everything that's happening and decides to get on a plane and run away with Jake.The Explosive ‘Scandal’ Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet
April 18, 2014
So I was dismayed to find that the makers of 300: Rise of an Empire had completely ignored them.‘300’ Is a Misleading, Muscle-Bound Travesty of Ancient History
March 13, 2014
Wretched about one son, he was dismayed at the nocturnal visit of the other.Weighed and Wanting
The little parish woke with a dismayed start and went to work, to a woman.Quaint Courtships
She had been smiling while she was telling this to him, but now she dismayed him by bursting into tears.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
“You must hide me till the morning somewhere,” she said in a dismayed voice.The Secret Agent
And then, too, I was dismayed to find how totally I had mistaken the position of the musician.The First Violin
- to fill with apprehension or alarm
- to fill with depression or discouragement
- consternation or agitation
Word Origin and History for dismayed
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.).