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Thursday, September 02, 1999

Definitions for chagrin

  1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
  2. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.

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Citations for chagrin
He ran away to the recruiting office at Ottumwa, a river port where Union soldiers were transported east--how he got to the town, a good half-day journey by wagon, isn't clear--and to his chagrin, he found his father waiting there. Allen Barra, Inventing Wyatt Earp: His Life and Many Legends
He noted with chagrin how little hair clung to his head. John Marks, The Wall
Origin of chagrin
Chagrin is from the French, from chagrin, "sad."