dis·​ap·​point·​ment | \ˌdis-ə-ˈpȯint-mənt \

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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Beyond the obvious disappointment for current shareholders, weak stock performance has the potential to affect fundraising prospects for smaller companies. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Biotech Looks Ready for Its Deal Test," 30 Nov. 2018 But governing isn’t easy; there have been disappointments and challenges as well. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 Being aware of this will help eliminate any disappointment during the process of selling the item. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "An Expert's Top Advice for Selling Furniture Online," 13 Sep. 2018 Kaden believes there will be exceptions, but many more disappointments. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money," 29 Aug. 2018 The kids greet these sites with a mix of enthusiasm and disappointment. Bliss Broyard, Condé Nast Traveler, "I Took My Kids Out Of School for Three Months to Travel," 13 July 2018 Far from its fine-dining roots in the dawn of the jet age, airplane food became a synonym for disappointment and indigestion before free meals disappeared from most domestic flights as carriers fought rising costs and bankruptcies. Patrick Mcgroarty, WSJ, "Airlines Try to Whip Up Better Meals for Coach Fliers," 24 Sep. 2018 Two dozen restaurants joined on Alchemy’s Facebook page in expressing their disappointment in the cancellation of summer restaurant week. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Some restaurant owners unhappy with Visit Harford! decision not to host summer restaurant week," 6 July 2018 Since the start of season 1, some have been vocal about their disappointment in the small-screen adaptation of the classic series. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Anne With an E' Star Amybeth McNulty Has the Best Response to Her Online Trolls," 6 July 2018

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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 \

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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