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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section VI. Extension of Thought
2. To the Future

509. [Failure of Expectation.] Disappointment.

   NOUN:DISAPPOINTMENT; blighted hope, disillusion, balk; blow; slip ’twixt cup and lip; nonfulfillment of one’s hopes; sad -, bitter- disappointment; trick of fortune; afterclap; false -, vain- expectation; miscalculation [See Misjudgment]; fool’s paradise; much cry and little wool.
   VERB:BE DISAPPOINTED; look blank, look blue [colloq.]; look or stand aghast (wonder) [See Wonder]; find to one’s cost; laugh on the wrong side of one’s mouth [colloq.], laugh out of the other corner of the mouth [colloq.]; find one a false prophet.
  DISAPPOINT; crush -, dash -, balk -, disappoint -, blight -, falsify -, defeat -, not realize- one’s -hope, – expectation; balk, jilt, bilk; play one -false, – a trick; dash the cup from the lips; tantalize; dumfounder or dumbfounder, dumfound or dumbfound, disillusion, disillusionize; come short of; dissatisfy, make dissatisfied, disgruntle.
   ADJECTIVE:DISAPPOINTED &c. v.; disconcerted, aghast; disgruntled; out of one’s reckoning; short of expectations.
  1. The mountain brought forth a mouse.
  2. Parturiunt montes nascetur ridiculus mus.—Horace
  3. Dis aliter visum.—Vergil
  4. The bubble burst.
  5. One’s countenance falling.