One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘he was dismayed by the change in his old friend’
appal, horrify, shock, shake, shake up
disconcert, take aback, confound, surprise, startle, alarm, frighten, scare, daunt, discomfit, unnerve, unman, unsettle, throw off balance, discompose, discountenance
trouble, bother, concern, perturb, disturb, upset, distress, sadden, dishearten, dispirit
informal rattle, spook, faze, psych, knock sideways, knock for six
1‘they greeted his decision with great dismay’
alarm, shock, surprise, consternation, concern, perturbation, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, distress, upset, anxiety, trepidation, fear
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