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  1. the act or fact of disappointing: All of his efforts only led to the disappointment of his supporters.
  2. the state or feeling of being disappointed: Her disappointment was very great when she didn't get the job.
  3. a person or thing that disappoints: The play was a disappointment.
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Origin of disappointment

First recorded in 1605–15; disappoint + -ment
Related formspre·dis·ap·point·ment, noun

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[dis-uh-point-muh nt]
  1. Cape, a cape in SW Washington state, projecting into the Pacific Ocean on the N of the mouth of the Columbia River.
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Related Words for disappointment

blow, disaster, setback, failure, obstacle, defeat, mistake, discontent, regret, chagrin, dissatisfaction, letdown, frustration, adversity, disenchantment, disillusionment, drag, misfortune, lemon, bummer

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British Dictionary definitions for disappointment


  1. the act of disappointing or the state of being disappointed
  2. a person, thing, or state of affairs that disappoints
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for disappointment


1610s, "fact of disappointing;" see disappoint + -ment. Meaning "state or feeling of being disappointed" is from 1756. Meaning "a thing that disappoints" is from 1756.

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