disappointment love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of disappointing.
  • noun The condition or feeling of being disappointed.
  • noun One that disappoints.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Defeat or failure of expectation, hope, wish, desire, or intention; miscarriage of design or plan: as, he has had many disappointments in life.
  • noun The state of being disappointed or defeated in the realization of one's expectation or intention in regard to some matter, or the resulting feeling of depression, mortification, or vexation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of disappointing, or the state of being disappointed; defeat or failure of expectation or hope; miscarriage of design or plan; frustration.
  • noun That which disappoints.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The emotion felt when a strongly held expectation is not met.
  • noun countable A circumstance in which a strongly held expectation is not met.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone
  • noun a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized


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  • "...a great number of people are running around thinking that they are depressed when it may be that they are simply disappointed....

    Not that disappointment is merely a case of depression lite. It can cast heavy shadows over one's life, often with lasting consequences....As the character played by Shirley MacLaine in The Evening Star (the sequel to Terms of Endearment) put it, 'Disappointment has ruined more lives than all the diseases known to man.'

    But it's not disappointment that ruins lives. It is the incapacity or the refusal to deal with life after disappointment."

    (From "Are you depressed--or just disappointed?" by Michael Vincent Miller, seen here.)

    January 28, 2009