Dis`ap*point" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Disapointed; p. pr. & vb. n. Disappointing.] [OF. desapointier, F. d'esappointer; pref. des- (L. dis-) + apointier, F. appointier, to appoint. See Appoint.]


To defeat of expectation or hope; to hinder from the attainment of that which was excepted, hoped, or desired; to balk; as, a man is disappointed of his hopes or expectations, or his hopes, desires, intentions, expectations, or plans are disappointed; a bad season disappoints the farmer of his crops; a defeat disappoints an enemy of his spoil.

I was disappointed, but very agreeably. Macaulay.

Disappointed of a thing not obtained; disappointed in a thing obtained.


To frustrate; to fail; to hinder of result.

His retiring foe Shrinks from the wound, and disappoints the blow. Addison.

Syn. -- To tantalize; fail; frustrate; balk; baffle; delude; foil; defeat. See Tantalize.


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