(uncountable) The emotion felt when a strongly held expectation is not met.
(countable) A circumstance in which a strongly held expectation is not met.
- Choking back his disappointment after his own team's splendid wins against Liverpool and Aston Villa, he said: "I've got to be humble and say we were beaten by a very good side."'' — ''Today , News Group Newspapers Ltd, 1992
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- As the disappointments crowded in — the economy, Rhodesia, strife within the trade-union movement — tried the expedient of a semi-formal inner Cabinet, or Parliamentary Committee, as he misleadingly liked to call it.'' — ''Cabinet , Hennessy, Peter, Basil Blackwell Ltd, 1990
A feeling of disappointment, akin to depression, arising from the realization that something is not what it was expected or believed to be, possibly accompanied by philosophical angst from having one's beliefs challenged.
* 1912 , , Book V, Chapter 3,
* 1917 , ,
- But till I am thirty, I know that my youth will triumph over everything- every disillusionment , every disgust with life.
* 1940 October, ,
- I catch on your face the old sad smile / Of our ancient disillusionment , / When the ardent crowd tries to beguile / Your world-old soul to impassionment.
* 1946 , , Chapter 36: Babaji's Interest in the West,
- They were self-conscious of their disillusionment and demoralization, and their spokesmen—the artists and journalists among them—publicized their cynicism so successfully that it came to be regarded as the mood of a whole decade.
* 1953 , ,
- 'Oh, this fair is nothing but a chaos of noise and beggars,' I thought in disillusionment . 'I wonder if Western scientists, patiently enlarging the realms of knowledge for the practical good of mankind, are not more pleasing to God than these idlers who profess religion but concentrate on alms.'
The act of freeing from an illusion; the state of being freed therefrom.
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- Our country has come through a painful period of trial and disillusionment since the victory of 1945. We anticipated a world of peace and cooperation. The calculated pressures of aggressive communism have forced us, instead, to live in a world of turmoil.
- It is a very wholesome and regenerating change which a man undergoes when he "comes to himself." It is a process of disillusionment . The scales have fallen away.