Share this entry

Share this page

disappointment

Line breaks: dis|ap¦point|ment
Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈpɔɪntm(ə)nt
 
/

Definition of disappointment in English:

noun

[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.
Synonyms
sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow;
dispiritedness, despondency, heavy-heartedness, depression;
distress, mortification, chagrin;
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.
Synonyms
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

Definition of disappointment in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words