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chagrin

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noun cha·grin \shə-ˈgrin\

Simple Definition of chagrin

  • : a feeling of being frustrated or annoyed because of failure or disappointment

Full Definition of chagrin

  1. :  disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure

Examples of chagrin

  1. As many a woman has learned to her chagrin, pathological liars are brilliant at deception. —Katha Pollitt, Nation, 16 June 2003

  2. In World War I, to his chagrin, Eisenhower again found himself on the sidelines, performing training duties stateside while Pershing, MacArthur, and Patton earned their battle ribbons. —U.S. News & World Report, 16 Mar. 1998

  3. In 1628, to the chagrin of Governor William Bradford, the Pilgrims erected an 80-foot Maypole, danced around it, drank beer, and sang. —E. C. Krupp, Sky & Telescope, May 1994

  4. Imagine my chagrin when a whiz kid from Dayton made all A's in the first quarter while I made two B's and a C+. —John Hope Franklin, Race and History, 1989

  5. The fact that he'd been unable to attend the funeral was a source of chagrin for Ted.

  6. She had gained five pounds over the winter, much to her chagrin.

  7. He decided to get a tattoo, to the chagrin of his parents.



Origin of chagrin

French, from chagrin sad


First Known Use: circa 1681


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chagrin

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verb cha·grin \shə-ˈgrin\

Definition of chagrin

cha·grined play \-ˈgrind\ cha·grin·ing play \-ˈgri-niŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating <he was chagrined to learn that his help was not needed>



Origin of chagrin

(see 1chagrin)


First Known Use: 1733



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