Disappointing
Disappoint Dis`ap*point", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disapointed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disappointing}.] [OF. desapointier, F. d['e]sappointer; pref. des- (L. dis-) + apointier, F. appointier, to appoint. See {Appoint}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

I was disappointed, but very agreeably. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Note: Disappointed of a thing not obtained; disappointed in a thing obtained. [1913 Webster]

2. To frustrate; to fail; to hinder of result. [1913 Webster]

His retiring foe Shrinks from the wound, and disappoints the blow. --Addison.

Syn: To tantalize; fail; frustrate; balk; baffle; delude; foil; defeat. See {Tantalize}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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