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disappointed

[dis-uh-poin-tid] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪn tɪd/
adjective
1.
depressed or discouraged by the failure of one's hopes or expectations:
a disappointed suitor.
2.
Obsolete. inadequately appointed; ill-equipped.
Origin of disappointed
1545-1555
First recorded in 1545-55; disappoint + -ed2
Related forms
disappointedly, adverb
undisappointed, adjective

disappoint

[dis-uh-point] /ˌdɪs əˈpɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of:
His gross ingratitude disappointed us.
2.
to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate:
to be disappointed in love.
verb (used without object)
3.
to bring or cause disappointment.
Origin
First recorded in 1400-50; late Middle English word from Middle French word desappointer. See dis-1, appoint
Related forms
disappointer, noun
Synonyms
1. sadden, disillusion, dishearten, disenchant.
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Examples from the Web for disappointed
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  • I was so disappointed and hurt and heartsick, and he kissed me and soothed me.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • And she was disappointed that he only promised to consider the matter and let her hear from him.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Mr. Cobden and Mr. Bright must have been disappointed in this 'young man from the country.'

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • My confidence in you is great, and I am sure it will not be disappointed.

  • Well, at least, if I had to be disappointed, I should like it to be in something that would be worth having.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for disappointed

disappointed

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntɪd/
adjective
1.
saddened by the failure of an expectation, etc
Derived Forms
disappointedly, adverb

disappoint

/ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
2.
to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc); frustrate; thwart
Word Origin
C15 (originally meaning: to remove from office): from Old French desapointier; see dis-1, appoint
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Word Origin and History for disappointed
adj.

1550s, past participle adjective from disappoint. Related: Disappointedly.

disappoint

v.

early 15c., "dispossess of appointed office," from Middle French desappointer (14c.) "undo the appointment, remove from office," from des- (see dis-) + appointer "appoint" (see appoint).

Modern sense of "to frustrate expectations" (late 15c.) is from secondary meaning of "fail to keep an appointment." Related: Disappointed; disappointing.

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