dismay (verb, noun)

Definition:

(v.) to cause somebody to feel discouraged or disappointed; (n.) a feeling of hopelessness, disappointment, or discouragement

Example Sentences:

– The parents were dismayed when they learned that their child was struggling in school. (upset, worried, distressed) adjective
– The spectators were filled with dismay when their favorite player sustained an injury. (alarm, worry) noun
– The actor’s dismay was evident when he didn’t get the starring role in the movie. (disappointment, distress) noun
– He looked at me with dismay in his eyes, and I knew I had disappointed him. (distress, discouragement) noun

Synonyms:

(v.) distress, disturb, worry, daunt, discourage
(n.) hopelessness, disappointment, discouragement,

Antonyms:

(v.) encourage; (n.) hope, happiness

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gamut (noun)

Definition:

1. a full or complete range; 2. all the notes in the musical scale

Example Sentences:

– Her restaurant experience runs the gamut from dishwasher to manager. (range, extent, scope)
– The pianists fingers seem to fly across the gamut of musical notes effortlessly and beautifully. (scale)
– They carefully reviewed the gamut of possibilities before deciding on a solution. (range)
– The office-supply store sold the gamut of hand-held devices and personal digital assistants. (spectrum, range)

Synonyms:

range, extent, continuum, scope, spectrum, scale

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