American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event: To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
- v. To cause to feel chagrin; mortify or discomfit: He was chagrined at the poor sales of his book. See Synonyms at embarrass.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See shagreen.
- n. Mental disquiet and pain from the failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes, etc.; mortification; vexation.
- n. Synonyms Vexation, etc. See mortification.
- To excite a feeling of chagrin in; vex; mortify.
- n. Distress of mind caused by a failure of aims or plans, want of appreciation, mistakes etc; vexation or mortification.
- v. transitive To bother or vex; to mortify.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Vexation; mortification.
- v. To excite ill-humor in; to vex; to mortify.
- v. To be vexed or annoyed.
- adj. Chagrined.
- n. strong feelings of embarrassment
- v. cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
- From French chagrin ("sorrow"). Prior to that, the etymology is unclear, with several theories – of Germanic or possibly Turkish origin. (Wiktionary)
- French, possibly from dialectal French chagraigner, to distress, become gloomy, from Old French graim, sorrowful, gloomy, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“She said a simple, “Oh,” looked away from Areel and the jury, let an expression of chagrin come over her, and peered down at the floor in contrition.”
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