how to pronounce dismay


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the above transcription of dismay is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

dismay is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of dismay in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… President Clinton's dismay during the …”

meanings of dismay


  1. To cause to feel apprehension; great sadness, or fear; to deprive of energy.
  2. To render lifeless; to subdue; to disquiet.
  3. To take dismay or fright; to be filled with dismay.


  1. Condition fitted to dismay; ruin.
  2. A sudden or complete loss of courage and firmness in the face of trouble or danger; overwhelming and disabling terror; a sinking of the spirits.

dismay frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word dismay occurs in english on average 3.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dismay can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dismay can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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