Disappointment
Disappointment Dis`ap*point"ment, n. [Cf. F. d['e]sappointement.] 1. The act of disappointing, or the state of being disappointed; defeat or failure of expectation or hope; miscarriage of design or plan; frustration. [1913 Webster]

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. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

In disappointment thou canst bless. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

2. That which disappoints.

Syn: Miscarriage; frustration; balk. [1913 Webster]


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