Dismaying
Dismay Dis*may", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dismaying}.] [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.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. --Josh. i. 9. [1913 Webster]

What words be these? What fears do you dismay? --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Do not dismay yourself for this. --Spenser.

Syn: To terrify; fright; affright; frighten; appall; daunt; dishearthen; dispirit; discourage; deject; depress. -- To {Dismay}, {Daunt}, {Appall}. Dismay denotes a state of deep and gloomy apprehension. To daunt supposes something more sudden and startling. To appall is the strongest term, implying a sense of terror which overwhelms the faculties. [1913 Webster]

So flies a herd of beeves, that hear, dismayed, The lions roaring through the midnight shade. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Jove got such heroes as my sire, whose soul No fear could daunt, nor earth nor hell control. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Now the last ruin the whole host appalls; Now Greece has trembled in her wooden walls. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • dismaying — index ominous, sinister Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dismaying — adj. dismaying to + inf. (it is dismaying to contemplate the results of their incompetence) * * * dismaying to + inf. (it is dismaying to contemplate the results of their incompetence) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • dismaying — Synonyms and related words: affecting, afflictive, alarming, awing, baffling, bewildering, bitter, bleak, bothering, cheerless, chilling, comfortless, confounding, confusing, daunting, deplorable, depressing, depressive, deterrent, deterring,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dismaying — dis·may || dɪs meɪ n. fear, horror v. fill with anxiety; cause despair, discourage, daunt …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dismaying — adjective causing consternation (Freq. 1) appalling conditions • Syn: ↑appalling • Similar to: ↑alarming …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shakespeare, William — (baptized April 26, 1564, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, Eng. died April 23, 1616, Stratford upon Avon) British poet and playwright, often considered the greatest writer in world literature. He spent his early life in Stratford upon Avon,… …   Universalium

  • formidable — [adj1] horrible, terrifying appalling, awful, dangerous, daunting, dire, dismaying, dreadful, fearful, fierce, frightful, horrific, imposing, impregnable, intimidating, menacing, redoubtable, shocking, terrible, terrific, threatening; concept 537 …   New thesaurus

  • Dismay — Dis*may , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dismaying}.] [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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dismayed — Dismay Dis*may , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dismayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dismaying}.] [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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dismay — I. transitive verb (dismayed; dismaying) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French desmaier, from des dis + maier, from Vulgar Latin * magare, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German magan to be able more at may Date: 13th century 1. to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”