dis·may /dɪsˈme, dɪz-/
Dis·may, v. i. To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay. [Obs.]
1. Loss of courage and firmness through fear; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation.
I . . . can not think of such a battle without dismay. --Macaulay.
Thou with a tiger spring dost leap upon thy prey,
And tear his helpless breast, o'erwhelmed with wild dismay. --Mrs. Barbauld.
2. Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.
Syn: -- Dejection; discouragement; depression; fear; fright; terror; apprehension; alarm; affright.
Dis·may v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dismayed p. pr. & vb. n. Dismaying.]
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.
Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed. --Josh. i. 9.
What words be these? What fears do you dismay? --Fairfax.
2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet. [Obs.]
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.
So flies a herd of beeves, that hear, dismayed,
The lions roaring through the midnight shade. --Pope.
Jove got such heroes as my sire, whose soul
No fear could daunt, nor earth nor hell control. --Pope.
Now the last ruin the whole host appalls;
Now Greece has trembled in her wooden walls. --Pope.
n 1: the feeling of despair in the face of obstacles [syn: discouragement,
2: fear resulting from the awareness of danger [syn: alarm, consternation]
v 1: lower someone's spirits; make downhearted; "These news
depressed her"; "The bad state of her child's health
demoralizes her" [syn: depress, deject, cast down,
get down, dispirit, demoralize, demoralise]
2: fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly
surprised; "I was horrified at the thought of being late
for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified
us" [syn: alarm, appal, appall, horrify]