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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Her letters, however, are sharp as arrows, tipped with dry humor, disappointment and righteous anger. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "One woman’s guide to surviving Trump: writing him daily — Andrea Simakis," 11 Aug. 2019 With his hard-driving investor-partner David Cohn leading the negotiations with equally tenacious commercial landlords, Swikard’s quixotic scouring of San Diego County was a roller coaster of unfulfilled dreams, disappointment and deal making. San Diego Union-Tribune, "A star chef’s tortured, year-long quest for the perfect restaurant location ends in the East Village," 9 Aug. 2019 Though the story itself examined Trump’s history of spewing divisive language, and questioned his ability to unify the country at this moment, the headline sparked outrage and disappointment. Lizzie O'leary, The Atlantic, "“I Know People Want a Richer, More Thoughtful Explanation.”," 7 Aug. 2019 He was subbed off two minutes later as Vancouver sat deep in defense to ride out the remnants of another FC Cincinnati disappointment. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Vancouver Whitecaps steal a late win against FC Cincinnati," 4 Aug. 2019 As Valerie’s life unfolds in a blur of expectations and disappointment—predatory men, particularly, lurk at every stage of the story—her anarchism is humanized, without losing its teeth. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 Still, there were a couple of notable disappointments, including the X-Men spinoff Dark Phoenix and the pre-summer release of Tim Burton’s Dumbo, which took in a relatively modest $114 million domestically. Paula Bernstein, Fortune, "Disney Dominates—and Other Takeaways From the Summer Box Office So Far," 31 July 2019 After disappointment for the baseball team the previous year, the Spartans moved through the trenches of the Division III playoffs with a pair of extra-inning victories to make its first final appearance in program history. Vincent Nguyen, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Looking Back: La Cañada teams fueled off pressure for successful campaigns," 24 July 2019 The realization of Powell’s vision and America’s rightward shift did not happen overnight; as Jane Mayer of The New Yorkerexposed in her book Dark Money, the road to power took decades, with many disappointments along the way. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "After 48 Years, Democrats Still Haven’t Gotten the Memo," 23 July 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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