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 Some people took to Facebook to express their feelings of confusion and disappointment. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, "Did University Heights announce new name on April 1, or is mayor playing an April Fools’ joke on residents?," 5 Apr. 2021 The tastings have been a silver lining in a period fraught with disappointment. Los Angeles Times, "Wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma will never be the same. Here’s why that’s a good thing," 2 Apr. 2021 Law enforcement and child development experts expressed disappointment and shock upon viewing the video and noted problems with the way the situation was handled. Peter Nickeas And Emma Tucker, CNN, "Body cam video of police interaction with 5-year-old shows 'every adult in this situation failed this child'," 31 Mar. 2021 The coronavirus revealed how fragile dreams can be, plunging people into cycles of loss and grief, hope and disappointment. Washington Post, "He was Nigeria’s biggest Scrabble star. The pandemic spelled identity crisis.," 30 Mar. 2021 Chargers coach Chris Stallings said his team didn’t use last year’s disappointment as fuel for this season. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Bullitt East knocks off Butler, headed to Girls Sweet 16 for second straight year," 29 Mar. 2021 There’s the incredible and clear-eyed portrait of Ramona’s anger, a rubicon scene that comes after several chapters of escalating tension and disappointment. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "The Emotional Transformations of Beverly Cleary’s Work," 27 Mar. 2021 But Houston was clearly motivated after the previous night's disappointment. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, "Porter scores 25 points, Rockets beat Timberwolves 129-107," 27 Mar. 2021 Many Black women experienced sudden shock and extreme disappointment after witnessing the exposure of relationship influencer Derrick Jaxn’s extramarital affairs. Olivia F. Scott, Essence, "What The Derrick Jaxn Fallout Means To Black Women Who Supported Him," 26 Mar. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Disappointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointment. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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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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