disappointment

I
(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Failure to fulfill expectations
Nouns
1. disappointment, sad or bitter disappointment, chagrin, frustration, letdown, comedown; blighted hope, balk, blow, bitter pill, cold comfort; slip 'twixt cup and lip, trick of fortune, false or vain expectation, forlorn hope; misjudgment, miscalculation; mirage, fool's paradise; dust and ashes, false dawn, famous last words; disillusion[ment]. Informal, body blow. See failure, discontent, regret, hopelessness.
2. jilter. Slang, broad-jumper.
Verbs
1. be disappointed, not realize one's hopes, have one's heart sink; look blue; find to one's cost; laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth.
2. disappoint, balk, jilt, bilk; play one false, play one a trick; dash the cup from the lips, cut the ground from under; disillusion, devastate, let down, turn to ashes in one's mouth; dissatisfy (see discontent). Slang, do a number on.
Adjectives — disappointed, disconcerted; out of one's reckoning; crushed, dashed, etc.; disappointing. Slang, underwhelmed.
Adverbs — disappointingly, not up to par.
Phrases — blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed; hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Quotations — It is folly to expect men to do all that they may reasonably be expected to do (Richard Whately).
Antonyms, see expectation, success.
II
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [The state of being disappointed]
Syn. dissatisfaction, nonfulfillment, unfulfillment, frustration, chagrin, thwarted expectations, miscarriage of plans, defeat, failure, lack of success, despondency, displeasure, distress, hope deferred, discouragement, let down, disillusionment, foiling, nonsuccess, mortification, vain expectation, bafflement, disillusion, setback, discontent, blighted hope, dashed hope, balking; see also defeat 3 , regret 1 .
Ant. satisfaction, success*, fulfillment.
2. [A person or thing that disappoints]
Syn. letdown, miscarriage, misfortune, mischance, calamity, blunder, inefficacy, setback, downfall, slip, defeat, impasse, mishap, error, mistake, discouragement, frustration, obstacle, check, balk, abortion, bungle, slip 'twixt the cup and the lip, faux pas, cold comfort, labor in vain, miscalculation, miss, failure, shipwreck, fiasco, no go*, blind alley*, fizzle*, washout*, lemon*, dud*, flash in the pan*, bust*, frost*, false alarm*, non-starter*; see also failure 1 , 2 .
Ant. achievement*, successful venture, success.
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
letdown, disillusionment, disenchantment, displeasure, unfulfillment, frustration, dissatisfaction, dud, *bitter pill to swallow, *bust, *drag, *bummer, setback, failure, rude awakening, washout, blow. ''The bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.''—Eric Hoffer. ''The nurse of wisdom.''—Boyle Roche.
ANT.: satisfaction, fulfillment, happiness
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun Unhappiness caused by the failure of one's hopes, desires, or expectations: discontent, discontentment, disgruntlement, dissatisfaction, letdown, regret. See HAPPY.

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