April 17, 2018
dismay (verb)
\diss-MAY\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to cause to lose courage or to feel concern : daunt2 : upset, perturb
How do you use it?
"When I finally got a light and looked about me, I was dismayed to see what a mess my guests had made of my tree house. They had found the cache of acorns and beechnuts and had tossed them all over my bed and floor." (Jean Craighead George, _My Side of the Mountain_)
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.
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