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

  • noun plural Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired.

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  • noun idiomatic A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have.

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  • noun disparagement of something that is unattainable

Etymologies

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From the Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes he is seeking, decides that they must have been sour.

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