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

Examples of disappointment in a Sentence

She couldn't hide her disappointment. He's a disappointment to his parents.
Recent Examples on the Web Asmussen, 56, has lived through more years of disappointment at the Derby, not just with Curlin but with other standouts such as Gun Runner, who finished third in 2016 before winning Horse of the Year honors as a 4-year-old. Childs Walker, Baltimore Sun, 6 May 2022 Or better yet, eliminating the danger of disappointment (to the recipient) and the nuisance of thinking (to the giver) entirely by substituting money for objects. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Anyone who has seen the team play in 2020 or 2021 knows that pass coverage has been a consistent area of disappointment. Steve Silverman, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 If the Utes had tripped up in the regionals or Thursday, there would have been a huge sense of disappointment. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 There's never quite enough from any one first lady, which leaves a sense of disappointment. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 14 Apr. 2022 Their past obviously meant the world to them, but was also full of disappointment. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Apr. 2022 The final pages of the book are mainly dedicated to expressions of disappointment in Ginn, who now uses SST almost exclusively as a vehicle for his own projects. Mark Athitakis, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Local television discussions after Biden’s speech and social media posts were flooded with comments of disappointment that Biden had not announced fresh sanctions on Russia or further weapons supplies for Ukraine. Bloomberg.com, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Disappointment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disappointment. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disappointment


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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