• The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
    The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n disappointment an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
    • n disappointment a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized "his hopes were so high he was doomed to disappointment"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An Estee Lauder perfume called "Country Mist" had disappointing sales in Germany where the word "Mist" was slang for manure
    • Disappointment That which disappoints.
    • Disappointment The act of disappointing, or the state of being disappointed; defeat or failure of expectation or hope; miscarriage of design or plan; frustration. "If we hope for things of which we have not thoroughly considered the value, our disappointment will be greater than our pleasure in the fruition of them.""In disappointment thou canst bless."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In West Virginia you cannot fly a red flag in front of your house if you are disappointed in your sherrif.
    • n disappointment Defeat or failure of expectation, hope, wish, desire, or intention; miscarriage of design or plan: as, he has had many disappointments in life.
    • n disappointment The state of being disappointed or defeated in the realization of one's expectation or intention in regard to some matter, or the resulting feeling of depression, mortification, or vexation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disappointment the defeat of one's hopes: frustration: the vexation accompanying failure
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  • Max Frisch
    Max Frisch
    “It's precisely the disappointing stories, which have no proper ending and therefore no proper meaning, that sound true to life.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Disappointment, when it involves neither shame nor loss, is as good as success; for it supplies as many images to the mind, and as many topics to the tongue.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. désappointement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desapointerdes = L. dis, away, and apointer, to appoint. See Appoint.


In literature:

Walter had returned from his first evening lesson, and great had been his disappointment to find Gladys out.
"The Guinea Stamp" by Annie S. Swan
It's bad taste to make one's private disappointments public.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
It was disappointment that made me take to the sea, though.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
But all his hopes were doomed to disappointment.
"The Loom of Youth" by Alec Waugh
In Rome a cruel disappointment awaited Renovales.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
She is a great disappointment to me, a great disappointment!
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
To avert ill luck or disappointment that will come if a person comes back to a house for something forgotten, he must sit down a minute.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Their expectations, however, were disappointed.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
You say that the police have disappointed you in having discovered nothing.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Miss King felt a little disappointed.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham

In poetry:

"Some other time, my darling;
Mamma's tired now."
A shade of disappointment
Swept over the baby's brow.
"A Regret" by Madge Morris Wagner
So, when his orders came to sail,
She did not faint or scream or wail,
Or with her tears anoint him:
She shook his hand, and said "Good-bye,"
With laughter dancing in her eye -
Which seemed to disappoint him.
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert
This prov'd to all a sore vexation,
In disappointing expectation.
They wish'd him punish'd at the time,
More for his pleading than his crime:
For who'd rejoice to take a seat
At a rich feast, yet must not eat.
"The Jealous Head" by William Hutton
He who hath seen, what shall it profit him?
He who doth love, what shall his passion gain?
When disappointment at her cup's bright brim
Poisons the pleasure with the hemlock pain?
Hers is the passion that no man shall drain.
"The Unattainable" by Madison Julius Cawein
But they were all disappointed; McQuinlan was the man
Who fired from his rifle and shot rebellious Dan.
Concealed he stood behind a tree till his victim came in view,
And as Morgan passed his doom was cast — the unhappy man he slew.
"The Death of Morgan" by Anonymous Oceania
Come trial, pain, and disappointment's shiver,
Ye are my kindsmen—brothers of this clay;
We must abide and I must bear the quiver
A little while, and we shall part forever—
Beyond the surges of that shoreless river
Ye cannot "come away."
"The Surviving Thought" by David James Scott

In news:

And for the most part, they've all been extremely disappointing.
Kiwi rappers Home Brew arrived at the New Zealand Music Awards ready to act the goat - and they didn't disappoint.
Hence they suffer serial disappointments.
Mommy & Daddy help Caillou pretend to be animals when he's disappointed that he can't go to the zoo.
Caillou , Clementine, and Leo are disappointed because they can't go to the zoo.
Over the last seven weeks I developed a new obsession, "Secret Diary of a Call Girl ," and Monday's finale didn't disappoint.
With only six calves sighted this season, it was a disappointing winter for right whale researchers.
A guise of former Hail Social singer Dayve Hawk (also known as Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes), Memory Tapes specializes in low-budget electronica for underdogs trying to survive yet more disappointments.
There were disappointed customers, weeping employees, and her own sense of loss.
The interim president of Onondaga Community College, Meg O'Connell, released a statement today saying she is disappointed by a college cashier charged with stealing student tuition money.
OCC president "deeply disappointed" in cashier charged with tuition theft.
Cowboys' offensive line off to disappointing start.
The Radisson garage sale, one of the biggest garage sale days of the year, became a disappointing day for me and my daughter.
After a slow start in the final homecoming game on University Field, the Great Danes didn't disappoint.
As someone who's a fan of this NC duo's energetic, banjo fueled folk-punk, I was disappointed by this album.

In science:

It is interesting, if perhaps disappointing, that this array of invariants are actually all determined by the original χ of Farber.
Analytic invariants of boundary links
Thus the only conclusion that seems completely safe at this juncture is a disappointing one: the nature of the spectral statistics of the k -body random-interaction model remains an unsolved problem.
Spectral statistics of the k-body random-interaction model
This is at the same time astonishing and disappointing.
Quantum Gravity
At first sight it is disappointing that we can not extract such a quantity from (4).
Generalised extreme value statistics and sum of correlated variables
Second, disappointingly, the models including spatial adjustment show no evidence of improving performance on data fitting and prediction; there appears to be little spatial dependence left in the autoregression residuals.
Interpreting self-organizing maps through space--time data models