verb (used with object)
to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy.
to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion: She was dismayed to learn of their disloyalty.
to alarm; perturb: The new law dismayed some of the more conservative politicians.
sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.
sudden disillusionment.
agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.

1275–1325; Middle English desmay (noun), de(s)mayen, dismayen (v.) < presumed AF alteration, by prefix change, of Old French esmaier to trouble, frighten < Vulgar Latin *exmagāre to disable, deprive of strength, equivalent to ex- ex- + *magāre < Germanic *magan to be able to; see may1

dismayedness [dis-meyd-nis, -mey-id-] , noun
dismayingly, adverb
undismayed, adjective

1. appall, terrify, frighten, scare, intimidate, disconcert. See discourage. 4. consternation, terror, panic, horror, fear.

1. hearten. 4. confidence.
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dismay (dɪsˈmeɪ)
1.  to fill with apprehension or alarm
2.  to fill with depression or discouragement
3.  consternation or agitation
[C13: from Old French desmaiier (unattested), from des-dis-1 + esmayer to frighten, ultimately of Germanic origin; see may1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. *desmaier, from L. de- intensive prefix + O.Fr. esmaier "to trouble, disturb," from V.L. *exmagare "divest of power or ability," from P.Gmc. stem *mag- "power, ability" (cf. O.H.G. magen "to be powerful or able;" see may (v.)). Related: Dismayed.
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Example sentences
Higher education's current rush to exposure has both startled and dismayed me.
He turned to look at the five witnesses and was dismayed to see the glum
  expressions on the faces of the stoic islanders.
Dismayed and exhausted, they had stopped yelling frantically for help.
Those who have regained their service are dismayed to find their data deleted.
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