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- 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 downor expressionof disdainabout something that one desires but cannot have.
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- noun disparagement of something that is unattainable
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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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