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 The next season, Shula was back in the Super Bowl, much to my chagrin/fury. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Don Shula helped foster a love for NFL — even for a young Jets fan," 4 May 2020 Hill recently surfaced — to the chagrin of some Democrats — in a video ad criticizing Trump’s handling of the pandemic and urging voters to take part in the special election. Los Angeles Times, "During the pandemic, Republicans see a rare political opportunity in California," 10 May 2020 The fishing was so good, many of those anglers didn’t want to go anywhere else, much to the chagrin of the guides who introduced them to the river. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 Those include writs of garnishment for commercial debt, which are not protected under the order, to the chagrin of struggling small-business owners. Kiah Collier And Ren Larson, ProPublica, "Coronavirus Put Her Out of Work, Then Debt Collectors Froze Her Savings Account," 22 Apr. 2020 Much to the chagrin of parents who are bewildered by the trend, many children today would rather watch YouTube kids unwrap products than play with toys of their own. Chavie Lieber, New York Times, "How L.O.L. Dolls Became the Dopamine Hit of a Generation," 16 Apr. 2020 Alas, the director and screenwriter Dean Craig instead favors British chagrin plus an overdose of noblesse disdain, which is well-executed by the groom’s silent, suffering grandmother (Giusi Merli). Amy Nicholson, New York Times, "‘Love Wedding Repeat’ Review: A Tumble Down the Aisle," 10 Apr. 2020 Despite the alarming potential for exploitation, the Federal Communications Commission has left telecarriers to mostly moderate content themselves, to the joy of political parties and lobbyists and the chagrin of consumer protection groups. Wired Opinion, Wired, "Texts From Politicians Could Be More Dangerous Than Ever," 4 Apr. 2020 Her scheming is her only means of entertainment, much to the chagrin of family friend (and in-law) Mr. Knightley (Johnny Flynn). Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Emma.' — A period piece for the 'Clueless' generation with Anya Taylor-Joy," 26 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb She and others were chagrined to see the board all but gutted, at a moment when the transportation agency is grappling with COVID-19 — and hemorrhaging money. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "Power struggle in City Hall reduces SFMTA board to four members," 14 May 2020 Despite a scolding from the governor chagrined by news photos that seemed to show unsafe clusters of beachgoers the weekend before, many of who had driven in from L.A., Newport Beach leaders voted 5-2 to keep the beach open. Los Angeles Times, "In beach closure, some in Orange County see overbearing hand of the ‘nanny state’," 2 May 2020 This chagrins and disgusts some Ukrainians, who want sorely to get rid of that culture, or subculture. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Ukraine and Us," 19 Dec. 2019 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

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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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“Chagrin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chagrin. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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