The humility of Joseph to accept this news when most would have responded with incredulity and dismay.
Women are a force behind the Tea Party movement, and are marching away from the Democrats in dismay.
He avoids confrontation and the limelight, but he could not suppress his dismay about the absences that inaugural day.
late 13c., dismaien, from Old French *desmaier (attested only in past participle dismaye), from Latin de- intensive prefix + Old French esmaier "to trouble, disturb," from Vulgar Latin *exmagare "divest of power or ability" (source of Italian smagare "to weaken, dismay, discourage"), from ex- (see ex-) + Germanic stem *mag- "power, ability" (cf. Old High German magen "to be powerful or able;" see may (v.)). Spanish desmayer "to be dispirited" is a loan word from Old French. Related: Dismayed; dismaying.
c.1300, from dismay (v.).