V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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Definition: (v.) to cause somebody to feel discouraged or disappointed; (n.) a feeling of hopelessness, disappointment, or discouragement
Synonyms: (v.) distress, disturb, worry, daunt, discourage, appall, disconcert, (n.) hopelessness, disappointment, discouragement, distress, dread, consternation
Antonyms: (v.) encourage; (n.) hope, happiness
Tips: Dismay is similar in meaning to appall and daunt. Appall, however, implies more shock than dismay, while daunt suggests a greater level of submission, fear, or cowering. If someone is dismayed, he or she is disconcerted or discouraged, especially because of fear or alarm. Dismay means "discouragement or disappointment." A second, less common use or dismay is to denote alarm, but it is NOT synonymous with "confusion." You may hear someone say, "You can imagine my dismay when I heard the news." This can either mean "disappointment" or "alarm," but not "confusion." The related adjective dismayed means struck with fear, dread, concern, or consternation.
The parents were dismayed when they learned that their child was struggling in school. (upset, worried, distressed) adjective
The spectators were filled with dismay when their favorite player sustained an injury. (alarm, worry) noun
The actor's dismay was evident when he didn't get the starring role in the movie. (disappointment, distress) noun
He looked at me with dismay in his eyes, and I knew I had disappointed him. (distress, discouragement) noun
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