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chagrin (noun) humiliation causing disappointment and embarrassment; annoyance.

When things do not happen the way you want them to, chagrin fills you. You then feel embarrassed that others know you have failed. You are annoyed. All this is chagrin. A failure when you have been confident of success may cause you chagrin. To your chagrin, others beat you to something when you have been expecting to do it first. The feeling that they have beaten you in the race, causes you chagrin. Then you feel disappointed, humiliated, and embarrassed.

  • To the utter chagrin of the US, the USSR had spectacular successes in space ventures, by sending into space the first satellite, the first animal, and the first human beings -- the first man as well as the first woman. The US as the champion of the free world, did feel embarrassed in yielding place to the USSR in this respect.
  • To Ben's chagrin, his former wife whom he had expected to be miserable after divorcing him, married a rich businessman and is now member of the high society of Washington, while he remains the same executive of a middle-level company.
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