ADJ. deep, great The government has expressed ‘deep dismay’ at police violence against protesters. | growing, mounting | widespread
VERB + DISMAY feel I felt a mounting dismay at the prospect. | express | hide It was impossible to hide my dismay at what I had seen. | cause The laws on hunting cause dismay to many animal lovers. | be regarded with, be greeted with, be viewed with The news was greeted with widespread dismay.
PREP. in ~ Louise stared at the torn letter in dismay. | with ~ I read of her resignation with some dismay. | ~ at his dismay at her reaction | ~ over Brady made no secret of his dismay over his treatment.
PHRASES (much) to your dismay Much to my dismay, she was out when I called.