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dismaying


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dismay  \Dis*may"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dismayed};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Dismaying}.]  [OE.  desmaien  dismaien  OF  esmaier  pref. 
  es-  (L.  ex)  +  OHG.  magan  to  be  strong  or  able;  akin  to  E. 
  may  In  English  the  pref.  es-  was  changed  to  dis-  (L.  dis-). 
  See  {May},  v.  i.] 
  1.  To  disable  with  alarm  or  apprehensions;  to  depress  the 
  spirits  or  courage  of  to  deprive  or  firmness  and  energy 
  through  fear;  to  daunt;  to  appall;  to  terrify. 
 
  Be  not  afraid,  neither  be  thou  dismayed.  --Josh.  i. 
  9. 
 
  What  words  be  these?  What  fears  do  you  dismay? 
  --Fairfax. 
 
  2.  To  render  lifeless;  to  subdue;  to  disquiet.  [Obs.] 
 
  Do  not  dismay  yourself  for  this  --Spenser. 
 
  Syn:  To  terrify;  fright;  affright;  frighten;  appall;  daunt; 
  dishearthen;  dispirit;  discourage;  deject;  depress.  -- 
  To  {Dismay},  {Daunt},  {Appall}.  Dismay  denotes  a  state 
  of  deep  and  gloomy  apprehension.  To  daunt  supposes 
  something  more  sudden  and  startling.  To  appall  is  the 
  strongest  term,  implying  a  sense  of  terror  which 
  overwhelms  the  faculties. 
 
  So  flies  a  herd  of  beeves,  that  hear,  dismayed, 
  The  lions  roaring  through  the  midnight  shade. 
  --Pope. 
 
  Jove  got  such  heroes  as  my  sire,  whose  soul  No 
  fear  could  daunt,  nor  earth  nor  hell  control. 
  --Pope. 
 
  Now  the  last  ruin  the  whole  host  appalls;  Now 
  Greece  has  trembled  in  her  wooden  walls.  --Pope. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dismaying 
  adj  :  causing  consternation;  "appalling  conditions"  [syn:  {appalling}] 




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