• The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
    The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj disappointed disappointingly unsuccessful "disappointed expectations and thwarted ambitions","their foiled attempt to capture Calais","many frustrated poets end as pipe-smoking teachers","his best efforts were thwarted"
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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
    • Disappointed Defeated of expectation or hope; balked; as, a disappointed person or hope.
    • Disappointed Unprepared; unequipped. "Cut off even in the blossoms of my sin,
      Unhouseled, disappointed , unaneled."
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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.
    • disappointed Baffled; balked; thwarted; frustrated: as, a disappointed man; disappointed hopes.
    • disappointed Not appointed or prepared; unprepared or ill-prepared.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • p.adjs Disappointed balked: frustrated:
    • p.adjs Disappointed (Shak.) unprepared or ill-prepared
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  • Les Brown
    “Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment, put your head down and plow ahead.”
  • Maggie Kuhn
    Maggie Kuhn
    “Old age is not a disease -- it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “We love to expect, and when expectation is either disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.”
  • 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.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy -- the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desapointerdes = L. dis, away, and apointer, to appoint. See Appoint.


In literature:

But the thought of the children's disappointment tomorrow is more than I can bear.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
All were as busy as though their salvation depended on disappointing the Yankees.
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
His versatility lent itself to the error, and operated to the disappointment of his real aim.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
George was grievously disappointed by Chatham's illness.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
At first he was disappointed.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
The eagles now wheeled over the sedge, flapping the tops of the bulrushes with their broad wings, and screaming with disappointed rage.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The house disappointed me very much, but it is a very fine showplace.
"The Greville Memoirs" by Charles C. F. Greville
What a sentimentalist and how easily disappointed!
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
He bent his head and patted the pony's mane to hide his disappointment.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Lance's occasional moods of silence were due either to disappointment or anger.
"The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest" by Margaret Vandercook

In poetry:

But nature waits her sons to greet,
Where disappointment cannot come;
And time leads with unerring feet,
The weary wanderer home.
"The Lot Of Thousands" by Joanna Baillie
When disappointments wrung my heart,
Ill brook'd in tender years,
Thou, like a sun, perform'dst thy part,
And dried my infant tears.
"Rosamond's Song Of Hope" by Robert Bloomfield
And the touch of disappointment,
Blighted what was green and fair,
And the spirit's bright revealings
Are not so hopeful as they were.
"The Orphan's Good-Bye" by Nora Pembroke
Disappointment, grief, and pleasure,
Call thee forth and bid thee flow,
Lovely—far exceeding measure
When thou fall'st for others' woe;
"On A Tear" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
The Reader may express some fear,
And cry, "Pray where's the Grenadier?"
Sir, let not disappointment flow;
You've seen him many a line ago.
"The Grenadier" by William Hutton
For there's no rose without a thorn,
Nor much of joy without regret;
For where our brightest hopes are born,
Sad disappointments oft are met.
"Descriptive Voyage From New York To Aspinwall" by James Madison Bell

In news:

Deion Green disappointed with not being able to enroll early at UCF.
"We're disappointed by today's ruling," said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay in a statement.
A loyal but disappointed voter.
Host also opens up about disappointment with Obama and the problems with the 24/7 news media in new cover story.
The recent Barnstable Town Council vote to dismiss Town Manager John Klimm is disappointing and perplexing, but not surprising.
Friday is Friday, thank God, the night to forget the week's myriad disappointments with a post-vocational program of alcohol, bar food, loud music, and other spiritual unguents.
So here is "Duke Nukem Forever" at last – the most disappointing blockbuster of at least 2011 and possibly hereafter, forevermore, indefinitely, until death do us part.
Sons and Mothers—The Disappointing End of Lois Lowry's Giver Series.
Yet anyone who expects an uncomfortable book to follow is going to be disappointed.
Democrats could be doubly disappointed come January.
The Weather Man, starring Nicolas Cage as a disappointment of a son and a failure of a father, was screened for critics in the spring.
The Endlessly Disappointing Jobs Recovery.
Jack White Disappointed In Fans' Energy Level .
Portugal settles for disappointing draw.
Apple Computer disappointed fans with the new PowerMacs unveiled on Monday.

In science:

In that sense, finding only 11 significant results is actually somewhat disappointing! Tukey used this story as a way to make vivid the notion of the higher criticism of such situations as multiple testing.
Higher criticism for detecting sparse heterogeneous mixtures
He then expresses disappointment that the DD equation does have preaccelerative solutions, contrary to his previous expectation.
Comment on Phys. Rev. D 60 084017 "Classical self-force" by F. Rohrlich
This is disappointing because the simulations presented later in this section strongly indicate a more general phenomenon.
Hierarchical testing designs for pattern recognition
The consequence of this, that we can learn little more about SF physics from large scale studies, is disappointing.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
The observation that ρ00 becomes ever smaller for larger numbers of qubits may seem disappointing at first.
Robust quantum searching with spontaneously decaying qubits