• The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
    The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disappoint fail to meet the hopes or expectations of "Her boyfriend let her down when he did not propose marriage"
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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
    • Disappoint To defeat of expectation or hope; to hinder from the attainment of that which was expected, hoped, or desired; to balk; as, a man is disappointed of his hopes or expectations, or his hopes, desires, intentions, expectations, or plans are disappointed; a bad season disappoints the farmer of his crops; a defeat disappoints an enemy of his spoil. "I was disappointed , but very agreeably."
    • Disappoint To frustrate; to fail; to hinder of result. "His retiring foe
      Shrinks from the wound, and disappoints the blow."
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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.
    • disappoint To frustrate the desire or expectation of; balk or thwart in regard to something intended, expected, or wished; defeat the aim or will of: as, do not disappoint us by staying away; to be disappointed in or of one's hopes, or about the weather.
    • disappoint To defeat the realization or fulfilment of; frustrate; balk; foil; thwart: as, to disappoint a man's hopes or plans.
    • disappoint To hinder of intended effect; frustrate; foil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disappoint dis-ap-point′ to frustrate of what is appointed: to deprive one of what he expected
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  • Robert Burns
    “Suspense is worst than disappointment.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The prompter the refusal, the less the disappointment.”
  • Beverly Sills
    Beverly Sills
    “You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.”
  • Mark Twain
    “I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desapointier, F. désappointer,; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + apointier, F. appointier, to appoint. See Appoint
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desapointerdes = L. dis, away, and apointer, to appoint. See Appoint.


In literature:

It is very hard to tune oneself aright to a disappointed man.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
I'm horribly disappointed that it's so tame and goody-goody.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
But you will be disappointed.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
On the whole, I think that I have been disappointed with the life here.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
She was disappointed, and she relaxed her efforts.
"The Third Miss Symons" by Flora Macdonald Mayor
For some time I dreaded disappointment.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
I obeyed, bitterly disappointed; so much disappointed that I had the utmost trouble not to let it be seen.
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
If so, she was disappointed for a time, though a visitor made his appearance.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
The pains of present suspense can scarcely be surpassed by the pangs of disappointment.
"Alonzo and Melissa" by Daniel Jackson, Jr.

In poetry:

Disappointments make us feel
That what we had urged with zeal
Was not truly for our weal,—
Thou guidest:
"Thou Guidest" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Or, if for our unworthiness
Toil, prayer, and watching fail,
In disappointment Thou canst bless,
So love at heart prevail.
"Fifth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Yet not more dreadful is the storm,
Or dark the clouds that roll;
Than those which disappointment brings
To overwhelm the soul.
"To Disappointment" by Elizabeth Bath
God spare me disappointment’s blow.
He stops beside the gate;
A voice, thrill-feeling that I know.
My brother! No! His mate!
"Pigeon Toes" by Henry Lawson
What should I wish or wait for, then,
From creatures earth and dust?
They make our expectations vain,
And disappoint our trust.
"Psalm 39 part 2" by Isaac Watts
To strive, it seems, that I was born,
For that which others shall obtain;
The disappointment and the scorn
Alone for me remain.
"The Cross" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

The mood in financial markets turned sour Thursday after a round of disappointing economic news illustrated the scale of the global economic downturn.
Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireJay Cutler has been throwing deep early and often this season, with disappointing results.
OKLAHOMA CITY — After the final horn sounded on a disappointing end to an unexpected season, Spurs forward Tim Duncan wandered the floor of Chesapeake Energy Arena, still a man on a mission.
It was a disappointing day here Saturday for the Storm Lake High wrestling team, which failed to qualify a wrestler for the Class 3A State Tournament during Saturday's district meet at Fort Dodge High.
"Well, it's so disappointing, isn't it".
Romney's response was decidedly, disappointingly mild.
That's what the Patriots are being in describing the disappointing performance of wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Can there be a group anywhere in the world today more disappointed in United States foreign policy than those fighting the Syrian regime.
Durable goods orders rise a disappointing 0.3 percent.
The Earthly Disappointments of 'Cloud Atlas'.
It is University of Miami Coach Al Golden's second year on the job, and he's on his way to another disappointing season.
Billy Payne disappointed in Tiger Woods's ' egregious ' behavior.
S pretty disappointing when you think that just a few states really determine whos been elected president, she said Friday.
LADIES and gentlemen of the jury: now that everyone agrees that the ground zero memorial finalists are a disappointment, there's only one thing to do.

In science:

This latter result is rather disappointing because ζ /s is considered to be an important observable probing the quark-gluon plasma at RHIC, and its profile as a function of T reveals important information regarding the nature of the phase transition.
Deconfinement and Thermodynamics in 5D Holographic Models of QCD
This is a disappointment (for the group theorist).
Group theory in cryptography
After spending months learning about weak values in the hope that it might lead to some fundamental new understanding of quantum mechanics, I was disappointed that this hope did not materialize.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
The effort led to disappointment. I did not discover any new physical or mathematical principles.
What do quantum "weak" measurements actually measure?
The case of the disappointing model gives a less accurate description of the experimental data (figure 9) with a slightly suppression of the theoretical flux in the transition region not seen experimentally.
Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays: A Short Review