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[ dis-uh-point-muhnt ]


  1. the act or fact of disappointing:

    All of his efforts only led to the disappointment of his supporters.

    Synonyms: frustration, defeat, failure

  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.



[ dis-uh-point-muhnt ]


  1. Cape Disappointment, a cape in southwestern Washington State, projecting into the Pacific Ocean on the north of the mouth of the Columbia River.


/ ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪntmənt /


  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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  • predis·ap·pointment noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of disappointment1

First recorded in 1605–15; disappoint + -ment

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Example Sentences

Apple’s lofty valuation leaves little room for disappointment, but the success of its upcoming slate of products isn’t a sure thing.

From Fortune

In a disappointment for pro-business and progressive Rehoboth residents, former Commissioner Stan Mills was elected mayor on Saturday, defeating incumbent Paul Kuhns 876-587.

For my friends who are rising sophomores and juniors, this is a huge disappointment.

From Ozy

Thompson’s resignation comes ahead of a Thursday meeting where Mayor Kevin Faulconer has promised to offer the City Council options on how to proceed following a series of missteps and disappointments.

While Baltimore’s last outing was another postseason disappointment, the team’s future is still bright as it heads into another season.

And with that great hope and excitement comes crippling, embarrassing disappointment.

Putin may very well be the last optimist left in the country, which is facing a time of confusion and disappointment.

He tended to shield himself from disappointment by expecting the worst—of people and of his country.

Of course I was frustrated, but writers deal with disappointment all the time, and so do archaeologists.

So why does Season 2—which just had its fall finale Monday night—feel like such a disappointment so far?

Then, having shot nothing that day, he turned towards the Pole with a feeling of disappointment.

Now that Lawrence was out of the army, he was in hopes that he would stay out, and he showed his disappointment in his face.

However that may be, he wrote, and never did letter carry more bitter disappointment to a Christian community.

But before he had been in San Pasquale an hour, he was plunged into a perplexity and disappointment deeper than he had yet felt.

In short, on my arrival I was at once much disappointed, and this disappointment rather increases than otherwise.