dismaying dismaying  /dɪs ˈmeɪ ɪŋ/


  • (adj) causing consternation


  1. The same trick that enabled scientists to clone Dolly could one day be used to clone a human being, a possibility Wilmut finds dismaying.
  2. To others, the switch pointed to dismaying presidential fuzziness, if not outright deceit, about a vital matter of foreign policy.


  • Dolphin Intimacy and Other Strange Tales of Human-Animal Interactions

    In his new book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America, journalist Jon Mooallem uses the polar bear, the whooping crane, and a species of butterfly to tell the story of our relationship with wild animals. Mooallem is as fascinated by the dedicated, eccentric humans who fight to protect these animals as he is by the beasts ...
    on June 25, 2013     Source: Wired News


  1. Ban said anti-Semitism "remains a scourge" and that "Islamaphobia has emerged as a new term for an old and terrible form of prejudice. And other kinds of racism and discrimination show a dismaying persistence."
    on Nov 12, 2008 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: FOXNews

  2. "I speak for all the executive producers here at `Grey's Anatomy' when I say that Isaiah Washington's use of such a disturbing word was a shocking and dismaying event that insulted not only gays and lesbians everywhere, but anyone who has ever...
    on Jan 24, 2007 By: Shonda Rhimes Source: San Jose Mercury News

  3. "It is perhaps dismaying that participants in a fraudulent scheme who may even have committed criminal acts are not answerable in damages to the victims of the fraud," Lynch wrote in an opinion upheld two months ago by the 2nd US Circuit Court...
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Gerard E. Lynch Source: BusinessWeek

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