April 16, 2013
- dismay (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to cause to lose courage or to feel concern : daunt2 : upset, perturb
- How do you use it?
- The clubhouse had been under snow for much of the winter, and we were dismayed to find it in need of a lot of work.
- Are you a word wiz?
There's more than one way to express what "dismay" expresses. Which of the following do you think is a synonym of the word?Don't be dismayed if you didn't pick B, but "appall" and "dismay" are synonyms. Both words have to do with causing someone to feel fear, apprehension, or aversion. "Dismay" usually implies that a person is overwhelmed and doesn't know how to deal with something, while "appall" is usually used when someone is reacting to something shocking. "Horrify" is another synonym of "dismay." It's a strong word that stresses a reaction of horror or revulsion.