Definition and Meanings for dismay

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Dismay is ranked 16,496 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of dismay

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of dismay

oe. desmaien, dismaien, of. esmaier; pref. es- (l. ex) + ohg. magan to be strong or able; akin to e. may. in english the pref. es- was changed to dis- (l. dis-). see may, v. i.pos cf. of. esmai, f. . see dismay, v. t.pos

Meaning of dismay


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb

  • to disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive or firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.
  • to render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.

as intransitive verb

  • to take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.

as noun, transitive verb

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