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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So far, this tournament has been a huge disappointment for Messi and Argentina, which finished as runner-up at the 2014 World Cup. Debora Rey, Fox News, "Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina's World Cup crisis," 24 June 2018 Perhaps gig work is like the American dream itself: at first, full of promise, and then, rife with disappointments. Lauren Markham, The Atlantic, "The Immigrants Fueling the Gig Economy," 20 June 2018 The 27-year-old joined Stoke for £14m from Galatasaray on transfer deadline day at the start of the year, much to Newcastle’s disappointment. SI.com, "Newcastle Line Up Move to Finally Land Long-Term Target Following Relegation of Transfer Rivals," 15 June 2018 The key for Apple now is to continue shipping the best tools possible and to help developers figure out real, useful applications for AR — videogames alone would be a disappointment. Dan Frommer, Recode, "What actually matters at Apple’s WWDC keynote," 4 June 2018 The decision was met with disappointment from both fans and cast members alike. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "CBS Now Admits “Kevin Can Wait” Should Have Never Killed Off Donna," 17 May 2018 The edge: Outside of Game 1 against the Raptors, when Green and Thompson had big nights, the Cavs' bench has been a substantial disappointment. cleveland.com, "Do the Celtics have or need an answer for LeBron James? Eastern Conference finals matchups and predictions," 11 May 2018 With so much disappointment around the Eastern Conference and with so few salary-cap dollars available around the league in free agency, this could prove to be the ultimate trade market this summer. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is robust NBA trade market there for the taking for Heat?," 9 May 2018 Stidham could have left school this year and entered the NFL Draft, so anything less than a trip to the College Football Playoff next season will be a disappointment. Joseph Goodman, AL.com, "Time is now for QB Jarrett Stidham to be leader Auburn needs," 3 May 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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