Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  2. (noun, feeling) the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  3. (verb, emotion) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
    The news of the executions horrified us
  4. (verb, emotion) lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
    The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her

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Alternate forms of Dismay

Derivations: dismay

Hyponyms: chill, intimidation, shock

Hypernyms: affright, despair, discourage, fear, fearfulness, fright, frighten, scare

Origin of the word Dismay

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. *desmaier, from L. de- intensive prefix + O.Fr. esmaier "to trouble, disturb," from V.L. *exmagare "divest of power or ability," from P.Gmc. stem *mag- "power, ability" (cf. O.H.G. magen "to be powerful or able;" see may (v.)). Related: Dismayed. more

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