chagrin

noun
cha·​grin | \ shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio) , British usually ˈsha-grin \

Definition of chagrin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

chagrin

verb
chagrined\ shə-​ˈgrind How to pronounce chagrined (audio) , British usually  ˈsha-​grind \; chagrining\ shə-​ˈgri-​niŋ How to pronounce chagrining (audio) , British usually  ˈsha-​gri-​niŋ \

Definition of chagrin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating he was chagrined to learn that his help was not needed

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Noun

Chagrin comes from French, in which it means "grief," "sorrow," or essentially the same thing as our "chagrin," and in which it is also an adjective meaning "sad." Some etymologists have linked this "chagrin" with another French chagrin, meaning "rough leather or "rough skin." Supposedly, the rough leather used to rub, polish, or file became a metaphor in French for agitating situations. English-speakers have also adopted the leathery "chagrin" into our language but have altered the spelling to "shagreen."

Examples of chagrin in a Sentence

Noun As many a woman has learned to her chagrin, pathological liars are brilliant at deception. — Katha Pollitt, Nation, 16 June 2003 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 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 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 The fact that he'd been unable to attend the funeral was a source of chagrin for Ted. She had gained five pounds over the winter, much to her chagrin. He decided to get a tattoo, to the chagrin of his parents.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Much to the chagrin of competitors, two Tobacco Road powerhouses cleaned up on the recruiting trail again this offseason. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "College basketball signing day: In-depth look at ACC recruiting classes, including U of L," 13 Nov. 2019 Related Articles The two higher education systems historically have had little to do with each other — to lawmakers’ chagrin — but Gabel is open to changing that. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "What the University of Minnesota’s first female president wants women to know about success," 12 Aug. 2019 If there is a dominant power in central Asia today, it’s strategic and hungry Beijing–to Moscow’s increasing chagrin. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Putin Won. But Russia Is Losing," 22 Mar. 2018 Much to their chagrin, the panel of French experts favored Winiarski’s wine over Cabernets from Bordeaux (and favored the Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, made by Mike Grgich, over Chardonnays from Burgundy). Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Napa vintner Warren Winiarski wins Smithsonian’s prestigious James Smithson Bicentennial Medal," 20 Nov. 2019 Until that gets fixed at the processing plant, most of these are not getting efficiently recycled, to my chagrin. Michael Taylor, ExpressNews.com, "Commentary: What makes money in the household recycling bin?," 18 Oct. 2019 To his chagrin, Kendi realized his own experience was a prime example of how racist ideas quietly worm their way through the culture. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "The Anti-Racist Revelations of Ibram X. Kendi," 14 Oct. 2019 Rarely, to my chagrin, is our local theater part of the conversation. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: As Center Theatre Group sputters, L.A. struggles to realize its artistic potential," 14 Oct. 2019 Some anglers also found to their chagrin that those multiple hooks stuck in hands and legs just as quickly as in bass—unhooking an A-rig fish was ticklish business. Frank Sargeant, al, "Digging deeper into the rise and fall of the Alabama Rig," 29 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just over three months later, the Bruins again were chagrined to lose No. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Blues’ Stanley Cup blueprint: Don’t expect league to follow suit," 15 June 2019 Museum officials, chagrined that some 60 percent of visitors voted in favor of torture, dropped the survey, after deciding the topic was too complex for a yes-no question. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "‘The Report’ and the Untold Story of a Senate-C.I.A. Conflict," 15 Nov. 2019 Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour. Alexandra Jaffe, Twin Cities, "Amy Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum in Iowa," 21 Oct. 2019 Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour. Alexandra Jaffe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum," 21 Oct. 2019 Amazon made the news of the pullout public on Thursday, leaving Mr. Cuomo and the deal’s other biggest supporter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, stunned and chagrined. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Amazon’s New York Project Foundered on Labor Organizing, Opposition to Subsidies," 16 Feb. 2019 Harriman was chagrined over a minor federal criminal case under way at that time. Thomas J. Baker, WSJ, "What Barr Knows About Firing an FBI Head," 14 Jan. 2019 Many were also chagrined by the fact that Collins, a woman and an ostensibly moderate Republican, cast her vote for Kavanaugh. Anna North, Vox, "The #MeToo movement and its evolution, explained," 9 Oct. 2018 They have been particularly chagrined by his circumspect attitude toward special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives during the campaign. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Gerard Baker replaced as editor of Wall Street Journal," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of chagrin

Noun

circa 1681, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1733, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chagrin

Noun and Verb

French, from chagrin sad

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11 Dec 2019

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“Chagrin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chagrin. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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chagrin

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How to pronounce chagrin (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of chagrin

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

chagrin

noun
cha·​grin | \ shə-ˈgrin How to pronounce chagrin (audio) \

Kids Definition of chagrin

: a feeling of being annoyed by failure or disappointment … curiosity soon overcame any chagrin he felt at not being allowed to pass the doorway.— Brian Jacques, Redwall

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