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dis may

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

  • 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.
  • Politicians of both parties felt the need to express some sort of dismay about Iraq.
  • To the dismay of hard-line clerics, his most important work presents a devastating critique of velayat-e faqih, the Shi'ite Muslim doctrine expounded by Khomeini that effectively .
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  • Jalal Talabani in CNN
    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.
  • Guido Calabresi in Middle East Report Online
    Judge Calabresi, again dissenting, wrote, "When the history of this distinguished court is written, today's majority decision will be viewed with dismay."
  • Robert Gates in San Francisco Chronicle
    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 -...

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