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disappoint +‎ -ment


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsəˈpɔɪntmənt/
  • (file)


disappointment (countable and uncountable, plural disappointments)

  1. (uncountable) A feeling of sadness or frustration when a strongly held expectation is not met.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 184:
      They remembered too keenly their pleasant credulity as to what to-morrow would bring forth, to dare indulge expectation of its pleasure; they had been disappointed once—so might they be again—for disappointment ever leaves fear behind.
    • 1992, Today, News Group Newspapers Ltd
      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."
  2. (countable) A circumstance in which a strongly held expectation is not met.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      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.
    • 1990, Peter Hennessy, Cabinet, Basil Blackwell Ltd
      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.
  3. (uncountable) A feeling of sadness or frustration when a negative unexpected event occurs.
  4. (countable) That which causes feelings of disappointment.
    Our trip to California was a disappointment.
    What a disappointment.


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