Language tip of the week: feeling sad because something has not happened

Posted by on January 27, 2017

Learn English with Macmillan DictionaryIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips will explore the words and phrases we use to talk about feelings. This week’s tip looks at adjectives that mean feeling sad because something that you hoped for has not happened:

disappointed unhappy because something that you hoped for or expected did not happen or because someone or something was not as good as you expected:
She was disappointed that he never replied to her letter. ♦ Obviously I feel disappointed about not getting the job. ♦ I was very disappointed in the film.

dejected someone who is dejected has lost all their hope or enthusiasm, especially because they have failed at something:
Jane seemed utterly dejected by the news. ♦ They sat in silence, looking tired and dejected.
downhearted disappointed about something that you had hoped to achieve but did not succeed in achieving
:
I know it’s disappointing, but try not to get downhearted
.
disillusioned disappointed because you have discovered that someone or something is not as good as you had believed:
Disillusioned teachers are leaving the profession in large numbers
. ♦ Voters are very disillusioned with the democratic process.

Dejected and downhearted are used mainly in written English.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to talk about ‘feeling disappointed‘.

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