Definition of disappointment in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈpɔɪntm(ə)nt/


[mass noun]
1Sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfilment of one’s hopes or expectations: to her disappointment, there was no chance to talk privately with Luke
More example sentences
  • And yet there lingers a hint of disappointment at certain elements of their cricket.
  • You can read in the paintings the emptiness and disappointment at the end of the huge party.
  • I am writing to express my great disappointment to learn that one of your employees has been sacked.
sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow;
dispiritedness, despondency, heavy-heartedness, depression;
distress, mortification, chagrin;
disenchantment, disillusionment;
displeasure, discontent, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement
1.1 [count noun] A person or thing that causes disappointment: the job proved a disappointment I was a big disappointment to her
More example sentences
  • This, however, leads to one of the biggest disappointments of the evening: the sound.
  • The only disappointments are the two stifled and formulaic physique shots of young men in posing pouches.
  • After many such disappointments, he realised the wisdom of moving away from the political arena.
failure, let-down, non-event, anticlimax;
misfortune, setback, blow, reversal, stroke of bad luck, body blow, one in the eye;
fiasco, disaster, catastrophe, mess, debacle;
British  damp squib
informal flop, dud, washout, non-starter, lead balloon

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