dismaying

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dismay \Dis*may"\, verb (used with an object) [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}, verb (used without an object)]

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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

dismaying

adjective

1: causing consternation; "appalling conditions" [syn: {appalling}, {dismaying}]


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