Pronunciation: (dis-mā'), [key]
1. to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy.
2. to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion: She was dismayed to learn of their disloyalty.
3. to alarm; perturb: The new law dismayed some of the more conservative politicians.
1. sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.
2. sudden disillusionment.
3. agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.
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