Thursday, January 04, 2007

Chagrin (def.)

cha-grin', n. [Fr. chagrin, grief, sorrow, vexation, from chagrin, a kind of roughened leather used for rasping wood.] mortification, disappointment, humiliation, embarrassment, etc. caused by failure or discomfiture.

Syn.--vexation, mortification. --Vexation springs from a sense of loss, disappointment, etc., mortification from wounded pride; chagrin may spring from either, and is not usually as keen or lasting.

-- from Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, deluxe 2nd edition

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