Meaning of chagrin


Chagrin is a noun that represents an emotion or feeling and it’s an uncomfortable one. If you feel chagrin, it means that you are embarrassed or distressed as a result of a failure.

The word chagrin, a noun, comes from the French word of the same spelling and means “melancholy, anxiety, vexation.” An odd fact about the word in English is that it had been thought to be related to another, similar-sounding word, shagreen, “rough, untanned leather.” When one mistakes one word as a relative of another, it’s called “false etymology.”

Definitions of chagrin
  1. noun

    strong feelings of embarrassment


    humiliation, mortification

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    the shame you feel when your inadequacy or guilt is made public

  2. verb

    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of


    abase, humble, humiliate, mortify

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    crush, demolish, smash

    humiliate or depress completely
    degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down

    reduce in worth or character, usually verbally

    lower in grade or rank or force somebody into an undignified situation
    dehumanise, dehumanize

    deprive of human qualities
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    bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite, wound

    hurt the feelings of

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