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Don’t be dismayed. I have a solution.
  to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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  • Don’t be dismayed. I have a solution.
  • Hope was replaced by dismay.
  • Much to my dismay, they scheduled me to work on Labor Day.
  • She was dismayed at this turn of events.

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  • The others looked dismayed; only Aragorn, who knew Gandalf well, remained silent and unmoved.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Oh, it rains, it pours, Noah himself would be dismayed.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • "Oh, I BEG your pardon!" she exclaimed in a tone of great dismay,
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • A howl and a gibber of dismay went up from the creatures when they first saw the great Lion pacing towards them, and for a moment even the Witch seemed to be struck with fear.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The little ones spend the day
    In sighing and dismay.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, and fitted tight all round her head.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass

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  • ...suddenly a look of dismay came over his face.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • and over all their faces there came an expression of uttermost dismay.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • He was quite dismayed when he first began to find it out—that most of the men hated their work.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • All these things were going on now, and the family was helpless with dismay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Then let any one imagine their dismay, when, after half an hour, they came in with a lawyer, and heard him greet the agent by his first name!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jurgis and Ona heard these stories with dismay, for there was no telling when their own time might come.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • However, one morning Marija took her usual detour, and, to her horror and dismay, saw a crowd of people in front of the bank, filling the avenue solid for half a block.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jurgis could be very obstinate when he wanted to, and he was in this case, much to the dismay of the women, who felt that a man-doctor was an impropriety, and that the matter really belonged to them.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Atticus killed several birds with one stone when he read to his children, and would probably have caused a child psychologist considerable dismay: he read to Jem and Jean Louise whatever he happened to be reading, and the children grew up possessed of an obscure erudition.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Darin doesn’t look at me, but I feel his dismay.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Jane cried, staring in dismay at the ragged edges of the torn-out page.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • ) He slips into bed, and when I turn to him with open eyes, he looks dismayed I’m awake.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • He had caught up a longsword from the pile by the Portal just before leaping in, Jia’s cry of dismay following them through the shrieking winds.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • With growing dismay Alec pointed out more spots of blood along the path.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • Mia shakes her head in dismay and looks down at her stomach.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • Much to the dismay of the girl working at the record store.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • But now, when I looked in dismay at Allie, who was champing at the bit to get back to her oblivion; when I thought about whether Pennsatucky would be able to keep it together and prove herself the good mom that she aspired to be; when I worried about my many friends at Danbury whose health was crushed by hepatitis and HIV; and when I saw in the visiting room how addiction had torn apart the bonds between mothers and their children, I finally understood the true consequences of my own…
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • He arrived—still half-naked, to her dismay—carrying four long boards beneath his arms.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • After this dismaying tour of the boneyard it was three days before I found time for another trip afield.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • But what I found at the University was much different than a story, and I was much dismayed.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • To my dismay, I’ve arrived in what seems half the usual time.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • As they’d loaded onto the dropship, he’d been dismayed not to see Glass there.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • To Queen Levana’s endless dismay, not all Lunars are so easily brainwashed into mindless contentment, and many have risked their lives to escape Luna and relocate here.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • "I’m …. tired," I said, dismayed.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The room erupted in outcries of anger and dismay.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • With dismay, Kit saw the captain’s wife among the passengers preparing to disembark.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • To his dismay, Celaena began speaking in Eyllwe to the princess, who stomped her staff.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • He smiled at my dismay.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Miss Crocker, dismayed by Mama’s seeming unconcern for the seriousness of the matter, thrust her shoulders back and began moving away from the desk.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • The judge shook her head in dismay.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • A heavy silence blanketed the room as all three Powells stared down in dismay at the mess on the floor.
    R.L. Stine  --  Goosebumps - Night of the Living Dummy
  • Abby passed her to Red, who made a big show of dismay and ineptness but later was caught pressing his nose to her downy head, drawing in a long deep breath of baby smell.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • They swarmed along the path through the desert more swiftly than a vulture flies and Bod was carried along by them, held high overhead by a pair of strong ghoul arms, tossed from one to another, feeling sick, feeling dread and dismay, feeling stupid.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • He scrambles out of the water, shaking each foot in dismay.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • "Okay," she said, but there was a look of dismay on her small pale face.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • I lifted the cover of the wok and gasped in dismay.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • Puller looked up at Cole in dismay.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Conrack discovered that afternoon, much to his dismay, that he had a bit of demagogue in him.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • His voice was gentle, which was enough for me to put together he was talking to the girl, not the guy who had moved on to moaning in dismay.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • He had always, as I realised with dismay, held fast to that idea of my faithfulness which years before he had seen in my hand.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
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