AskDefine | Define dismay

Dictionary Definition



1 the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles [syn: discouragement, disheartenment]
2 fear resulting from the awareness of danger [syn: alarm, consternation]


1 lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health demoralizes her" [syn: depress, deject, cast down, get down, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise] [ant: elate]
2 fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us" [syn: alarm, appal, appall, horrify]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dɪsˈmeɪ/, /dIs"meI/
  • Rhymes: -eɪ


  1. A sudden or complete loss of courage in the face of trouble or danger


a sudden loss of courage
  • Dutch: teleurstelling
  • German: die Furcht
  • Japanese: 狼狽 (ろうばい, rōbai)
  • Russian: страх (strah), уныние (unynije)
  • Vietnamese: sự mất hết tinh thần, sự mất hết can đảm


  1. To disable with alarm or apprehensions; to depress the spirits or courage of; to deprive of firmness and energy through fear; to daunt; to appall; to terrify.
  2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.
  3. To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.
  4. Loss of courage and firmness through fear; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation.
  5. Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.


  • Vietnamese: làm mất tinh thần, làm mất hết can đảm

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