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crestfallen (adj) disappointed; sad.

When a person is crestfallen they are disappointed or sad at their failure, which they have not expected. Players returning home defeated are crestfallen, because of their disappointment and a sense of embarrassment. Your failure in an exam makes you crestfallen - that is, it makes you disappointed and look rather ashamed. You are sad when you are crestfallen.

  • It was clear from the crestfallen faces of the team members that they had lost the match. None could miss the look of disappointment on their faces which averted the gazes of the others.
  • Cathy did not take her failure to make it to the medical school much to heart. It did not in the least make her crestfallen. On the other hand, she is making a determined effort to do better next time.
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