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DISMAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dismay mean? 

DISMAY (noun)
  The noun DISMAY has 2 senses:

1. the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
2. fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  Familiarity information: DISMAY used as a noun is rare.


DISMAY (verb)
  The verb DISMAY has 2 senses:

1. lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
2. fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

  Familiarity information: DISMAY used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISMAY (noun)


Sense 1dismay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

discouragement; disheartenment; dismay

Hypernyms ("dismay" is a kind of...):

despair (the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dismay"):

intimidation (the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.)


Sense 2dismay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fear resulting from the awareness of danger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

alarm; consternation; dismay

Hypernyms ("dismay" is a kind of...):

fear; fearfulness; fright (an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight))

Attribute:

alarming (causing alarm or fear)

unalarming (not alarming; assuaging alarm)


DISMAY (verb)


Sense 1dismay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

cast down; deject; dispirit; dismay; depress; demoralize; demoralise; get down

Context examples:

These news depressed her / The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her

Hypernyms (to "dismay" is one way to...):

discourage (deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dismay"):

chill (depress or discourage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will dismay him
The performance is likely to dismay Sue


Sense 2dismay [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

alarm; horrify; dismay; appall; appal

Context examples:

I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview / The news of the executions horrified us

Hypernyms (to "dismay" is one way to...):

affright; fright; frighten; scare (cause fear in)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dismay"):

shock (strike with horror or terror)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will dismay him
The performance is likely to dismay Sue


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