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dismay

noun [U] uk   /dɪˈsmeɪ/ us  
C2 a feeling of unhappiness and disappointment: Aid workers were said to have been filled with dismay by the appalling conditions that the refugees were living in. The fans watched in/with dismay as their team lost 42–11. She discovered, to her dismay, that her exam was a whole month earlier than she'd expected.
dismay
verb [T] uk   us  
dismayed
adjective uk   /-ˈsmeɪd/ us  
I was dismayed to discover that he'd lied.
Translations of “dismay”
in Korean 실망…
in Arabic كَآبة…
in French consterner…
in Turkish mutsuzluk, şaşkınlık, korku…
in Italian costernazione, sgomento…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沮喪,灰心,失望…
in Russian смятение, замешательство…
in Polish niezadowolenie, konsternacja…
in Spanish consternar…
in Portuguese consternação…
in German bestürzen…
in Catalan decepció…
in Japanese 落胆…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沮丧,灰心,失望…
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