- 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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Antonyms for dismay
Related Words for undismayedfearless, indomitable, steadfast, undeterred, gallant, noble, intrepid, vigorous, strong-willed, gutsy, plucky, stout, courageous, heroic, foolhardy, daring, confident, spunky, audacious, adventurous
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Historical Examples of undismayed
But the great man presented to him a calm and undismayed face.The Secret Agent
For all that, he stood his ground not a whit the less resolutely, and looked on undismayed.Barnaby Rudge
Mr. Caryll proceeded, undismayed, to make good his accusation.The Lion's Skin
“Oh, I know what Uncle Charlie will say,” replied the lad, undismayed.The Boy Settlers
“And she has other good stories, too, you ought to hear,” continued Nan undismayed.Nan of Music Mountain
Frank H. Spearman
- to fill with apprehension or alarm
- to fill with depression or discouragement
- consternation or agitation
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.).