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disappointment

[dis-uh-point-muh nt] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt mənt/
noun
1.
the act or fact of disappointing:
All of his efforts only led to the disappointment of his supporters.
2.
the state or feeling of being disappointed:
Her disappointment was very great when she didn't get the job.
3.
a person or thing that disappoints:
The play was a disappointment.
Origin of disappointment
1605-1615
1605-15; disappoint + -ment
Related forms
predisappointment, noun
Synonyms
1. failure, defeat, frustration.

Disappointment

[dis-uh-point-muh nt] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt mənt/
noun
1.
Cape, a cape in SW Washington state, projecting into the Pacific Ocean on the N of the mouth of the Columbia River.
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  • He then withdrew; but not without a bow to Ursula, in which there was more of sadness than disappointment.

    Ursula Honore de Balzac
  • I accosted him, when, to my chagrin and disappointment, he was a white man.

    Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
  • Cannon did not suffer from any disappointment as to the quality of the liquor.

    Lost Lenore Charles Beach
  • Strange to see him struggle with his disappointment like a grieving child!

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • Great was the disappointment of Albert; great was the indignation of Victoria.

    Queen Victoria Lytton Strachey
British Dictionary definitions for disappointment

disappointment

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntmənt/
noun
1.
the act of disappointing or the state of being disappointed
2.
a person, thing, or state of affairs that disappoints
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Word Origin and History for disappointment
n.

1610s, "fact of disappointing;" see disappoint + -ment. Meaning "state or feeling of being disappointed" is from 1756. Meaning "a thing that disappoints" is from 1756.

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