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Wednesday, June 5

Chagrin

[shə-ˈgrin]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: French, mid 17th century

1.

Mortification due to disappointment

2.

A vexed state of mind

Examples of Chagrin in a sentence

"To my chagrin, I discovered that my test scores weren't nearly as high as I hoped."

"All day I felt an uncomfortable feeling of chagrin I just couldn't shake."

About Chagrin

Hopefully lovers of France feel no chagrin about our stealing words from the French language. Chagrin is certainly not the only instance. Other examples include menu, chic, silhouette, petite, brunette, critique, depot, fiance, en route, and bouquet.

Did you Know?

Some English words evolve from other languages, and some are stolen outright. Chagrin comes from an identical word in French with an identical meaning.

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