Dismay

Definition of Dismay

Dis`may´
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Dismayed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dismaying.]
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.
Do not dismay yourself for this.
- Spenser.
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.
v. i.1.To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.
n.1.Loss of courage and firmness through fear; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits; consternation.
I . . . can not think of such a battle without dismay.
- Macaulay.
Thou with a tiger spring dost leap upon thy prey,
And tear his helpless breast, o'erwhelmed with wild dismay.
- Mrs. Barbauld.
2.Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.

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