disappointment

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disappointment (plural disappointments)

  1. (uncountable) The emotion felt when a strongly held expectation is not met.
    Choking back his disappointment after his own team's splendid wins against Liverpool and Aston Villa, he said: "I've got to be humble and say we were beaten by a very good side."Today, News Group Newspapers Ltd, 1992
  2. (countable) A circumstance in which a strongly held expectation is not met.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      For Liverpool, their season will now be regarded as a relative disappointment after failure to add the FA Cup to the Carling Cup and not mounting a challenge to reach the Champions League places.
    As the disappointments crowded in — the economy, Rhodesia, strife within the trade-union movement — Wilson tried the expedient of a semi-formal inner Cabinet, or Parliamentary Committee, as he misleadingly liked to call it.Cabinet, Hennessy, Peter, Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1990

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