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.

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First times are so fraught with expectation and often end in disappointment. Karley Sciortino, Vogue, "Is There a “Right” Way to Lose Your Virginity?," 19 Oct. 2018 When Jordan Henderson missed with the third kick, he was consoled by teammates, but only briefly, so as not to wallow in the disappointment. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "World Cup penalty shootouts have nothing to do with luck," 5 July 2018 The Real Madrid star exited his fourth World Cup in disappointment after two goals from Edinson Cavani saw the Uruguayans advance to the last eight. Afp, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo: 'now is not the time to talk about the future'," 30 June 2018 Videos showing players building to spawn island, or trying ride rocket missiles there, typically end in disappointment; there’s an invisible barrier that prevents people from going any further. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fortnite player uses shopping cart to reach mythical ‘spawn island’," 7 June 2018 Dear Desperate for Change, Dramatic attempts at becoming a new person tend to end in disappointment. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m Starting a New Life, But There’s So Much Pressure to Get It Right!’," 30 May 2018 Much to the disappointment of hardworking feminist activists, only 35 states ratified it by the deadline. Marlena Scott, Teen Vogue, "The History of the Equal Rights Amendment, Explained," 22 Mar. 2019 This was only the first disappointment of his evening. Therese Shechter, SELF, "Menopause Was the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me," 13 Mar. 2019 The disappointment of a 24-22 wild-card playoff loss to Dallas won’t go away easily for the Seattle Seahawks. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "As Seahawks head into offseason, futures of Frank Clark, Russell Wilson, Bobby Wagner take center stage," 7 Jan. 2019

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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 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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