- Concern and distress caused by something unexpected: to his dismay, she left himMore example sentences
- Things got heated, and to my dismay, the racial slurs started, from both sides.
- To my dismay, his voice seemed to be coming from the back of his throat, rather than from the pit of his stomach.
- She also played Maria in the musical West Side Story, though, to her dismay, her singing had to be dubbed.
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- Cause (someone) to feel concern and distress: they were dismayed by the U-turn in policy (as adjective dismaying) to most experts, such findings have been somewhat dismayingMore example sentences
appal, horrify, shock, shake, shake up; disconcert, take aback, confound, surprise, startle, alarm, frighten, scare, daunt, discomfit, unnerve, unman, unsettle, throw off balance, discompose, discountenance; trouble, bother, concern, perturb, disturb, upset, distress, sadden, dishearten, dispirit• archaic pother
- It all makes for one of the things that most dismays me about public discourse, which is that no one stands up for principle over immediate gratification.
- It is the combined failure of the Scottish Executive and privatised rail companies to provide co-ordinated leadership that most dismays him and other electrification enthusiasts.
- But I think the thing that really dismays me, beyond even the faulty reasoning or naive grasp of political realities, is how dull it all is.
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- A different resemblance between the two occupations, however, is now dismayingly germane.
- Nevertheless, his message is still dismayingly mixed.
- Their results showed dismayingly low average statistical power.
Middle English: from Old French, based on Latin dis- (expressing negation) + the Germanic base of may1.