The definition of dismay is to ruin the courage of someone.(verb)
An example of dismay is to jump out of the bushes attacking a once brave passerby.
Dismay is defined as a sudden or total loss of courage.(noun)
An example of dismay is feeling defeated after applying to dozens of jobs and being offered none of them.
See dismay in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME dismayen < Anglo-Fr *desmaier < des-, intens. + OFr esmayer, to deprive of power < VL *exmagare < L ex-, from + Gmc base *mag, power: see main
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transitive verb dis·mayed, dis·may·ing, dis·mays
Origin: Middle English dismaien
Origin: , from Anglo-Norman *desmaiier
Origin: : probably de-, intensive pref.; see de-
Origin: + Old French esmaier, to frighten (from Vulgar Latin *exmagāre, to deprive of power : Latin ex-, ex- + Germanic *magan, to be able to; see magh- in Indo-European roots).
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