dismay dismay  /dɪs ˈmeɪ/


  1. (n) the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles
  2. (n) fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  3. (v) lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
  4. (v) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised


  1. He is now back advising Junior, to the dismay of head trainer Roger, his brother, who, incidentally, just finished a six-month jail stretch for battery.
  2. Politicians of both parties felt the need to express some sort of dismay about Iraq.
  3. In our darkened, humid rooms, we huddled in dismay at the way our ancestral Japan had put a curse on all Japanese living in Hawaii.


  1. Pennsbury School Board approves closure of Village Park Elementary School, redistricting plan

    PENNSBURY – Much to the dismay of parents from Village Park, Edgewood and Makefield elementary schools, the school board voted May 9 to close Village Park and redistrict children in 10 elementary schools.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Yardley News

  2. George Takei Facebook Ghostwriter Apologizes to 'Star Trek' Star

    To the dismay of fans, Rick Polito revealed he had occasionally written jokes for the actor’s popular page, which was largely believed to be curated by Takei alone. read more        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Hollywood Reporter

  3. Maria Salcido: 'Homosexual lifestyle' promoted

    It is with much concern and dismay that this letter is being written in response to all of the news stories lately favoring the homosexual lifestyle.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Merced Sun-Star


  1. "I want to express to you our dismay over the arrest by American forces of this official civilian Iranian guest," Talabani wrote to Petraeus and Crocker.
    on Sep 22, 2007 By: Jalal Talabani Source: CNN

  2. Judge Calabresi, again dissenting, wrote, "When the history of this distinguished court is written, today's majority decision will be viewed with dismay."
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Guido Calabresi Source: Middle East Report Online

  3. "In comments that will dismay war opponents at home and alarm Muslim allies in the Middle East," Gates said: "What I'm thinking in terms of is a mutual agreement where some force of Americans - mutually agreed with mutually agreed missions -...
    on Jun 1, 2007 By: Robert Gates Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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