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LampPro Tip 1/3
Unexpected EventsPlay
Use 'dismay' when reacting to unexpected negative events that cause worry. SlideTo her dismay, the wedding cake fell to the floor.
LampPro Tip 2/3
Emotional DepthPlay
'Dismay' involves a deep emotional response, not just casual concern. SlideI felt a sense of dismay upon hearing the bad news.
LampPro Tip 3/3
Not for Mild AnnoyancesPlay
'Dismay' is stronger than annoyance; reserve it for more serious situations. SlideThe investors' dismay was palpable when the company declared bankruptcy.