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 british english:

“… article 13 has been met by dismay by 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.

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