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Meaning of dismay

dis•may

Pronunciation: (dis-mā'), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy.
  2. to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion: She was dismayed to learn of their disloyalty.
  3. to alarm; perturb: The new law dismayed some of the more conservative politicians.
—n.
  1. sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.
  2. sudden disillusionment.
  3. agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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