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chagrin

[ shuh-grin ] [ ʃəˈgrɪn ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation.

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  • First recorded in 1650–60.
  • Comes from the French word chagrin, meaning “melancholy, anxiety, vexation.”
  • The French word chagrin is of unknown origin.
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EXAMPLES OF CHAGRIN

  • Much to his chagrin, it was evident that he had forgotten his lines in the school play.
  • She tried to hide her chagrin when her presentation didn’t go as planned.
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naiveté

[ nah-eev-tey, -ee-vuh-tey ] [ nɑ ivˈteɪ, -ˌi vəˈteɪ ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

the quality or state of having or showing a lack of experience or judgment; natural or artless simplicity.

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  • First recorded in 1665–75 from French.
  • As the adjective naive, comes via the Old French word naif, meaning “natural, instinctive,” from Latin nātīvus “natural.”
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EXAMPLES OF NAIVETÉ

  • Despite his age, there was a certain charm in his naiveté that reminded others of simpler times.
  • As she grew older, her naiveté gave way to a more cautious and skeptical outlook on life.
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dragée

[ dra-zhey ] [ dræˈʒeɪ ] Show IPA Phonetic Respelling

noun

a sugarcoated nut or candy.

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  • First recorded in 1850–55.
  • Comes from French, ultimately from the Greek word tragḗma, “dried fruit eaten as dessert, confection.”
  • Also related to the cooking term dredge, “to sprinkle or coat with some powdered substance, especially flour.”
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EXAMPLES OF DRAGÉE

  • The pastry chef carefully arranged the dragées on top of the cake to add a touch of elegance and sweetness.
  • Guests at the wedding reception delighted in the crunchy texture and sugary coating of the almond dragées.
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