Pronunciation: (dis-mā'),[key] —v.t. 1. to break down the courage of completely, as by sudden danger or trouble; dishearten thoroughly; daunt: The surprise attack dismayed the enemy. 2. to surprise in such a manner as to disillusion: She was dismayed to learn of their disloyalty. 3. to alarm; perturb: The new law dismayed some of the more conservative politicians.
—n. 1. sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.
2. sudden disillusionment.
3. agitation of mind; perturbation; alarm.