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.
Recent Examples on the Web When the top seed of the AFC and the team with the most wins in the regular season in the NFL sputters out of the playoffs against the six seed, it can only be characterized as an utter disappointment. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL divisional playoff winners and losers: 49ers send message to remaining playoff teams," 14 Jan. 2020 Winning and appearing in only one Super Bowl in the Rodgers era can be viewed as a disappointment for the Packers, but their 10-5-1 ATS record in playoff games is the second-best in the NFL since 2008 (minimum of three games played). Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Should you bet on the Green Bay Packers to win Super Bowl LIV?," 2 Jan. 2020 After the video began circulating, the hashtag #JamesCharlesIsOverParty started trending on Twitter, and many shared their disappointment with James allegedly using the word. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "James Charles Denied Using the N-Word in a Video of His New Year’s Eve Celebrations," 2 Jan. 2020 While firm in its support for Jo’s assertion that women have a broader destiny than just romance, Gerwig’s Little Women makes some of its strongest points about the nature of love—its aches, its sacrifices, its disappointments. John Matteson, The Atlantic, "One Way the New Little Women Film Is Radical," 1 Jan. 2020 Following the revelation, fans flocked to social media to express their disappointment in Sharon. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Sharon Osbourne Faces Backlash for Firing an Assistant After He Saved Her Dogs from a House Fire," 30 Dec. 2019 Kim, came round two: In 2017, Parker shared her disappointment that a third SATC movie wasn’t happening, reportedly because of Cattrall’s salary demands. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The 7 Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Decade," 24 Dec. 2019 Officially eliminated from playoff contention following a 31-15 loss to the Ravens, the 6-9 Browns need to reevaluate what went wrong this season — a year that can only be described as a massive disappointment. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "NFL Week 16 winners, losers: Eagles close in on NFC East, Steelers botch game vs. Jets," 23 Dec. 2019 However, if the defensive back class were to lose another player, say Myles Slusher, and Oregon doesn’t get at least one of the two bluechip recruits still in play it will be seen as a disappointment. oregonlive, "Avantae Williams, nation’s No. 1 safety, decommits from Oregon Ducks," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of disappointment

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disappointment was in 1577

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16 Jan 2020

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“Disappointment.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointment. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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