verb (used with object)
- dismal science,
- dismal swamp,
Origin of dismay
Examples from the Web for dismayed
Buddhist purists are dismayed by one-percenters using mindfulness to get even richer.
I am often dismayed at the many ways in which we medicalize a natural phenomenon that affects us all—aging.
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|Ron Christie|July 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|James Romm|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"But your—your child," stammered the dismayed doctor faintly.The Road to Understanding|Eleanor H. Porter
And when thou wilt be in that isle thou wilt find a little path, and of what thou mayest see within be not dismayed at anything.The Fairy Mythology|Thomas Keightley
She stood undaunted amid these horrors; but her lover, dismayed and heartbroken, sickened and died.Pioneers Of France In The New World|Francis Parkman, Jr.
A tour of the ship followed; and as it progressed, the more confused and dismayed the two Nargodian commanders became.The Galaxy Primes|Edward Elmer Smith
She stood in dismayed embarrassment, the chill of an unpleasant surprise benumbed her.Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer|Rena I. Halsey
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.).