Definition of disappointment in English:

disappointment

noun

  • 1The feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations.

    ‘to her disappointment, there was no chance to talk privately with Luke’
    • ‘I am writing to express my great disappointment to learn that one of your employees has been sacked.’
    • ‘He added his disappointment at the failure to move on the group.’
    • ‘I nodded my head a bit, the disappointment evident on my face.’
    • ‘And yet there lingers a hint of disappointment at certain elements of their cricket.’
    • ‘He finally fell with a look of utter disappointment on his face.’
    • ‘Better, then, not to invest much in hope in order to avoid the inevitable disappointment.’
    • ‘Sara replied, trying to hide her slight disappointment.’
    • ‘Tesco, Waterford & Tramore Racecourse Company and several Tramore public representatives have voiced deep disappointment at the decision.’
    • ‘I said, trying not to let my disappointment show through in my voice.’
    • ‘You can read in the paintings the emptiness and disappointment at the end of the huge party.’
    • ‘He repeated his apology to fans over their disappointment at the failure to stage the concert.’
    • ‘I cried, disappointment evident in my tone as I got off the school bus.’
    • ‘Pause for a moment, and imagine the crushing disappointment.’
    • ‘Impending divorce means he can no longer keep the house, to his obvious disappointment.’
    • ‘"I'm sorry, " he said, disappointment evident in his voice.’
    • ‘The disappointment felt by Bradford people who are having a long wait for a digital hearing aid is understandable enough.’
    • ‘The struggle between their interdependence and mutual resentment neatly illustrates the disappointment felt when the fragility of any relationship surfaces.’
    • ‘Her visible tears and public display of emotional disappointment at her failure earned her instant worldwide adoration.’
    • ‘I couldn't hide the disappointment in my voice as I felt like crying.’
    • ‘He asked, I thought I caught a glint of disappointment in his eyes.’
    sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow
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    1. 1.1 A person, event, or thing that causes disappointment.
      ‘the job proved a disappointment’
      ‘I was a big disappointment to her’
      • ‘But why will this summit be any different than the previous disappointments?’
      • ‘After many such disappointments, he realised the wisdom of moving away from the political arena.’
      • ‘She has had a string of career disappointments since Trainspotting.’
      • ‘The 2002 season's biggest disappointment was Marlin, but not for the reason you might think.’
      • ‘The major semi-final proved to be a huge disappointment for the club.’
      • ‘Dreamcatcher ended up being a huge disappointment for Warner Bros. and Stephen King fans alike.’
      • ‘The night had its disappointments and I'm sorry to say that she was one of them.’
      • ‘The only disappointments are the two stifled and formulaic physique shots of young men in posing pouches.’
      • ‘I imagine this bulletin has proven a major disappointment in certain corners, and not merely among Pfizer's shareholders.’
      • ‘Woody plays a two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker, struggling to find work after a series of box-office disappointments.’
      • ‘Still, the Indians' bad first half is the biggest disappointment of the season.’
      • ‘Again, this is essential reading but with a few disappointments along the way.’
      • ‘But the biggest disappointment is the near-complete lack of actual performance footage.’
      • ‘However it proved a huge disappointment, as were the cold fish entrées.’
      • ‘This, however, leads to one of the biggest disappointments of the evening: the sound.’
      • ‘As such, Prologue may be a slight disappointment for fans of the series and part-time gamers alike.’
      failure, let-down, non-event, anticlimax
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Pronunciation:

disappointment

/ˌdisəˈpointmənt/