Definition of chagrin in US English:



  • Distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated.

    ‘Jeff, much to his chagrin, wasn't invited’
    • ‘Too late, to his chagrin, not to mention embarrassment, he found that he had rather overdone it, and could not get near him.’
    • ‘He coughed up his Bickfords and turned purple with a mixture of shame and chagrin.’
    • ‘She says she always dreamed of becoming an actress but, to her chagrin, opportunity and ambition didn't seem to go hand in hand.’
    • ‘Get his glasses steamed, and he'll punt you into the next time zone, as Jonah Goldberg has just learned to his bruised chagrin.’
    • ‘Imagine my surprise and chagrin when I realised that I could not hear any music above the din of the rattly old Northern Line train.’
    • ‘Imagine what chagrin we can bring to this nation if we were to sneer or giggle at a visiting diplomat from say Nigeria or India!’
    • ‘But, despite my chagrin at what I regard as a rip-off, I have booked two tickets.’
    • ‘To his embarrassment and chagrin, not one of these claims has turned out to be true.’
    • ‘However, much to Dare's chagrin, the faculty did nothing to oppose Halpern's position.’
    • ‘I realised, with some chagrin, that for Hilberg the conclusion was implicit in the sequence, and he had trusted me to see it.’
    • ‘To Eliza's chagrin, she was sent to the office to learn secretarial skills.’
    • ‘He has adopted the one by the radiator, much to Tess's chagrin.’
    • ‘Predictions are hazardous business, as all poll pundits will have realised to their chagrin this month.’
    • ‘Partick's chagrin, he suggests, might also fail to take into account a number of factors at work in these acquisitions.’
    • ‘To his chagrin, he has come up with the evidence to prove him wrong.’
    • ‘The long-awaited breakup will ensue, to the embarrassment and chagrin of many.’
    • ‘At the mention of Vannington, the look changed to chagrin and embarrassment.’
    • ‘I think, you know, I've been very open in the past, and a little bit to my own chagrin.’
    • ‘Much to their chagrin, Kerry never went over his allotted time.’
    • ‘Much to my chagrin no such indication appeared, and I handed the candy back to my daughter.’
    annoyance, irritation, vexation, exasperation, displeasure, pique, spleen, crossness, anger, rage, fury, wrath
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be chagrined
  • Feel distressed or humiliated.

    ‘he was chagrined when his friend poured scorn on him’
    • ‘I rented ‘Almost Famous,’ and was chagrined to read that an enhanced director's cut edition is en route.’
    • ‘Doing a little poking around this morning on the real estate websites of uberbrokers Corcoran and Douglas Elliman, we're chagrined to note that Ms. Rich may have a point.’
    • ‘And are they eager to get this story out there, because they are chagrined by the coverage that's been emanating from New Orleans?’
    • ‘Well, I, of course, am always chagrined when I have to disagree with the Washington Post editorial board.’
    • ‘Virus authors are, in fact, sometimes quite chagrined when someone puts a dangerous worm into circulation, because it can cause a public backlash that hurts the entire virus community.’
    • ‘I have been extremely distressed by the religious and ethnic violence that is widespread in certain parts of Indonesia and am chagrined that the government has not seen fit to protect innocent Indonesian citizens from that violence.’
    • ‘I was rather chagrined to discover there were inquiries for puppies going right back to October last year that I hadn't answered.’
    • ‘On Saturday, a group of about 50 black-clad anarchists seemed chagrined that the riots they envisioned for the IMF / World Bank protests never came to pass.’
    • ‘When I came downstairs and found the door open, I was a bit chagrined, and instantly declared, like a million men before me, that I Was Not Going to Pay For Heating The Whole Outdoors.’
    • ‘Instead of being satisfied, Phillip is chagrined that the daughter was only playing the same game with him to force the same result.’
    • ‘I was terribly chagrined to get the commentary after the debate.’
    • ‘I was somewhat chagrined, rereading it recently, to see just how much of my own early work takes off from this one novel.’
    • ‘In fact, Williams was chagrined that Acuff-Rose bought the songwriting credits from Mulligan and throughout his life, Williams aided Mulligan financially to make up for it.’
    • ‘His concern, given the context, seems overblown - even he thinks so, and he is chagrined by his own moral solicitude.’
    • ‘But you can see why people are so chagrined, yes?’
    • ‘But he went on nationwide television and said that, and that he was chagrined by it and embarrassed by it.’
    • ‘‘I'm sure they were chagrined that I didn't endorse the ticket,’ he says.’
    • ‘I'm glad to know that somebody else is as chagrined as I about the state of our restroom, although I think this doesn't go far enough, and doesn't address the most egregious behavior.’
    • ‘With all the site's readers contacting their senators and reps and being so aggressively civic, I am chagrined to say that until a few days ago I hadn't gotten around to figuring out who represents me.’
    • ‘I'm chagrined to see this morning that although Blogger says everything is hunky dory with my posts, I can't see them on the public website - which is what led to the post below.’
    annoyed, irritated, cross, angry, vexed, exasperated, irked, piqued, displeased, put out, fed up, disgruntled, in a bad mood, in a temper, testy, in high dudgeon, huffy, in a huff, resentful, aggrieved
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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘melancholy’): from French chagrin (noun), literally ‘rough skin, shagreen’, chagriner (verb), of unknown origin.