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 chagrin (audio) , British usually  ˈsha-​grind \; chagrining\ shə-​ˈgri-​niŋ How to pronounce chagrin (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 This is a revelation even many of the other members weren't privy to, much to the chagrin of Keeho. Devon Abelman, Allure, "P1Harmony May Be New to K-Pop, But They're Beauty Experts," 20 Apr. 2021 Biden aborted his plan to raise the refugee cap from its current historic low of 15,000, to the chagrin of Democratic allies and activists who condemned Trump’s policies. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Top Senate Democrat faults Biden for blocking ‘vetted refugees currently waiting’ to enter US," 16 Apr. 2021 The Trump administration flooded the world with cheap oil to Russia’s chagrin. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "How to Start a War," 15 Apr. 2021 To the chagrin of some, ’80s glam-metal is now legitimately classic. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "The new bible of ‘80s glam-metal and hard-rock," 7 Apr. 2021 The United States, though, has not, much to Cuomo’s chagrin. Steve Bittenbender, Washington Examiner, "Cuomo pushes for airlines to test passengers amid new COVID-19 strain," 22 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, Essential Quality was in eighth place on the backstretch, much to Cox’s chagrin. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Juvenile winner Essential Quality gives Louisville's Brad Cox reason to dream about Derby," 6 Nov. 2020 Much to the chagrin of Trump and his allies, Durham has so far secured only one guilty plea. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Trump seeks update on Durham investigation," 26 Mar. 2021 Reporters wander into a diner in West Virginia, collect quotes, and report back with patronizing chagrin that the people gnawing on corned beef hash still like the president. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Bret Stephens’s Worst Column Yet?," 29 Sep. 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 10 May. 2021.

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chagrin

noun

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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