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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After her fourth place finish, some people took to Twitter to express their disappointment with the outcome. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'The Voice' Sparks Backlash After Finalist Kennedy Holmes Places Fourth in Competition," 19 Dec. 2018 None of his disappointments could compare with one of life's greatest tragedies, the loss of a young child. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of President George W. Bush's Eulogy for His Father," 5 Dec. 2018 Additionally, countless others have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment and outrage over the show and its dangerously offensive portrayal of plus-size people as unattractive and objects of ridicule. Andrea Park, Allure, "Why People Are Calling on Netflix to Cancel Insatiable, Its "Toxic" New Series About a Plus-Size Teen," 20 July 2018 Gabby Chaves The young Colombian driver handled Tuesday’s announcement with class, but there was no hiding his disappointment. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: What Harding's move means to Gabby Chaves and Conor Daly," 10 July 2018 Your information will be used as described in our Privacy Notice With barely 72 hours to forget their disappointment at coming up short to winning the Section Tournament, the Deer Park Mustang all-stars open Coast Region action Thursday night. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Mustang all-stars open Coast Region play against Vidor squad," 4 July 2018 But at the Barons game, conservative Republican voters in attendance spoke up about their disappointment. NBC News, "Alabama Democrat Doug Jones walks tightrope with Trump and his own party," 2 July 2018 The imminent death of the Volt is certainly a disappointment, especially for fans of early electric and hybrid vehicles. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "GM is laying off thousands of workers, closing three plants, and ending production of the Chevy Volt," 26 Nov. 2018 For a hungry fish in search of a meal, a jellyfish would seem to be a huge disappointment. Carl Zimmer, The Seattle Times, "In the sea, a big appetite for jellyfish," 26 Oct. 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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