Definitions for: Dismay


[n] fear resulting from the awareness of danger
[n] the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
[v] fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us"
[v] lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*may", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismayed; p. pr. & vb.
n. Dismaying.] [OE. desmaien, dismaien, OF. esmaier; pref.
es- (L. ex) + OHG. magan to be strong or able; akin to E.
may. In English the pref. es- was changed to dis- (L. dis-).
See May, v. i.]
1. To disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the
spirits or courage of; to deprive or firmness and energy
through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.

Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. --Josh. i.
9.

What words be these? What fears do you dismay?
--Fairfax.

2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet. [Obs.]

Do not dismay yourself for this. --Spenser.

Syn: To terrify; fright; affright; frighten; appall; daunt;
dishearthen; dispirit; discourage; deject; depress. --
To Dismay, Daunt, Appall. Dismay denotes a state
of deep and gloomy apprehension. To daunt supposes
something more sudden and startling. To appall is the
strongest term, implying a sense of terror which
overwhelms the faculties.

So flies a herd of beeves, that hear, dismayed,
The lions roaring through the midnight shade.
--Pope.

Jove got such heroes as my sire, whose soul No
fear could daunt, nor earth nor hell control.
--Pope.

Now the last ruin the whole host appalls; Now
Greece has trembled in her wooden walls. --Pope.


Dis*may", v. i.
To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay. [Obs.]
--Shak.


Dis*may", n. [Cf. OF. esmai, F. ['e]moi. See Dismay,
v. t.]
1. Loss of courage and firmness through fear; overwhelming
and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits;
consternation.

I . . . can not think of such a battle without
dismay. --Macaulay.

Thou with a tiger spring dost leap upon thy prey,
And tear his helpless breast, o'erwhelmed with wild
dismay. --Mrs.
Barbauld.

2. Condition fitted to dismay; ruin. --Spenser.

Syn: Dejection; discouragement; depression; fear; fright;
terror; apprehension; alarm; affright.

Synonyms: alarm, alarm, appal, appall, cast down, consternation, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, discouragement, disheartenment, dispirit, get down, horrify

Antonyms: elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift

See Also: affright, chill, despair, discourage, fear, fearfulness, fright, fright, frighten, intimidation, scare, shock

Try our:
Scrabble Word Finder

Scrabble Cheat

Words With Friends Cheat

Hanging With Friends Cheat

Scramble With Friends Cheat

Ruzzle Cheat



Related Resources:
animals begin with f
animals beginning with j
t letter animals