dis·​ap·​point·​ment | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce disappointment (audio) \

Definition of disappointment

1 : the act or an instance of disappointing : the state or emotion of being disappointed
2 : one that disappoints he's a disappointment to his parents

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Examples of disappointment in a Sentence

She couldn't hide her disappointment. He's a disappointment to his parents.

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Fiscal results for the first quarter ended in April have, in a number of instances, been met by investor disappointment. Justin Lahart, WSJ, "Investors Beware: Consumers’ Story Isn’t Yours," 29 May 2019 Many fans have already expressed disappointment in the direction some characters, like Daenerys Targaryen, have taken during the show's final season. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Says 'Game of Thrones' Fans Will Be "Upset" With Her Character's Ending," 19 May 2019 This episode was such a let down & a disappointment. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Fans 'Feel Cheated' Over the Shocking Finale Cliffhanger," 13 May 2019 Continuing to grow Despite proving herself as a bonafide entertainer, Reba’s career isn’t without disappointments. Jason Ikeler, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Reba McEntire's Iconic Career," 19 Apr. 2019 The true disappointment would come in another form, though, that of an actress named Nellie Clifton, with whom Bertie had a brief dalliance (the first of many scandalous love affairs that would in the future king's life). Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 Many countries expressed disappointment that a unified message could not be reached. Jamey Keaten, Fox News, "UN rights body renews experts' probe of Yemen crimes," 28 Sep. 2018 After the series aired a rerun, people voiced their disappointment on social media. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Fans Are Furious With the Show for One Major Reason," 26 Apr. 2019 These societal reactions force women to repress feelings of disappointment and in many cases cause women to have a huge amount of guilt and anxiety for even having them. Jackie Goldschneider, Good Housekeeping, "I Cried When I Found Out I Was Having Boys," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of disappointment

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of disappointment

: the state or feeling of being disappointed
: someone or something that disappoints people : a disappointing person or thing


dis·​ap·​point·​ment | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpȯint-mənt How to pronounce disappointment (audio) \

Kids Definition of disappointment

1 : unhappiness from the failure of something hoped for or expected to happen To her disappointment, the cookies were gone.
2 : someone or something that fails to satisfy hopes or expectations The movie was a disappointment.

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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