dismay

If you discover late Sunday night that the dog really did eat your homework, you might cry out in dismay. Dismay describes an emotional state of alarm, fear, or serious disappointment.

The first part of dismay comes from the Latin prefix dis-, which comes in handy when you want to put a negative spin on words (dishonest, discount, disenchant, etc.). The last bit of dismay most likely comes from the Germanic word magan, meaning "to be able to." You can employ the word dismay to describe how you feel in a variety of negative situations that you doubt you are able to handle.

DEFINITIONS OF: dismay

1

n the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles

Synonyms:
discouragement, disheartenment
Types:
intimidation
the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc.
Type of:
despair
the feeling that everything is wrong and nothing will turn out well

n fear resulting from the awareness of danger

Synonyms:
alarm, consternation
Type of:
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

v lower someone's spirits; make downhearted

Synonyms:
cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dispirit, get down
Antonyms:
elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
Types:
chill
depress or discourage
Type of:
discourage
deprive of courage or hope; take away hope from; cause to feel discouraged

v fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

Synonyms:
alarm, appal, appall, horrify
Types:
shock
strike with horror or terror
Type of:
affright, fright, frighten, scare
cause fear in
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