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Definition to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
  • Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
  • Hope was replaced by dismay.
  • dismay = a feeling sadness, disappointment, or worry
  • Much to my dismay, they scheduled me to work on Labor Day.
  • dismay = disappointment or sadness
  • She was dismayed at this turn of events.
  • dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
  • "Oh, I BEG your pardon!" she exclaimed in a tone of great dismay,
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • dismay = upset (by her error)
  • and over all their faces there came an expression of uttermost dismay.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • dismay = sadness, worry, or discouragement
  • "Somebody's mashed my costume," I wailed in dismay.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • dismay = sadness or disappointment
  • He scrambles out of the water, shaking each foot in dismay.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • dismay = sadness or disappointment
  • But he was a little dismayed that his schedule left no time, apparently, for recreation.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dismayed = sad
  • Mae Tuck's round face wrinkled in dismay. "Dear Lord, don't cry!"
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • dismay = distress
  •   ...and suddenly the odor of kerosene made him vomit.
      Mildred came in, humming. She was surprised. "Why'd you do that?"
      He looked with dismay at the floor. "We burned an old woman with her books."
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • dismay = sadness or distress
  • The others looked dismayed; only Aragorn, who knew Gandalf well, remained silent and unmoved.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • dismayed = worried or discouraged
  • He was quite dismayed when he first began to find it out—that most of the men hated their work.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • dismayed = disappointed or worried
  • ...suddenly a look of dismay came over his face.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • dismay = worry
  • They leaped into the air and clutched the brass pole as if it were the last vantage point above a tidal wave passing below, and then the brass pole, to their dismay, slid them down into darkness, into the blast and cough and suction of the gaseous dragon roaring to life!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • dismay = disappointment or worry
  • Seven or eight people were gathered about it when Adams and his friend arrived, and Jurgis saw to his dismay that three of them were ladies.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And he stood for a moment, hesitating, helpless with dismay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jurgis sat dumb with dismay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Jurgis gave vent to a cry of dismay, cut off suddenly by the policeman, who seized him by the collar.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • And Jurgis gave a cry of dismay.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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