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Meaning of CHAGRIN

Pronunciation:  shu'grin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  strong feelings of embarrassment
  2. [v]  cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of

CHAGRIN is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: abase, humble, humiliate, humiliation, mortification, mortify
 See Also: bruise, crush, degrade, demean, demolish, disgrace, embarrassment, hurt, injure, offend, put down, spite, wound



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cha*grin"\, n. [F., fr. chagrin shagreen, a particular
    kind of rough and grained leather; also a rough fishskin used
    for graters and files; hence (Fig.), a gnawing, corroding
    grief. See {Shagreen}.]
    Vexation; mortification.
          I must own that I felt rather vexation and chagrin than
          hope and satisfaction.                   --Richard
          Hear me, and touch Belinda with chagrin. --Pope.
    Syn: Vexation; mortification; peevishness; fretfulness;
         disgust; disquiet.
    Usage: {Chagrin}, {Vexation}, {Mortification}. These words
           agree in the general sense of pain produced by
           untoward circumstances. Vexation is a feeling of
           disquietude or irritating uneasiness from numerous
           causes, such as losses, disappointments, etc.
           Mortification is a stronger word, and denotes that
           keen sense of pain which results from wounded pride or
           humiliating occurrences. Chagrin is literally the
           cutting pain produced by the friction of Shagreen
           leather; in its figurative sense, it varies in
           meaning, denoting in its lower degrees simply a state
           of vexation, and its higher degrees the keenest sense
           of mortification. ``Vexation arises chiefly from our
           wishes and views being crossed: mortification, from
           our self-importance being hurt; chagrin, from a
           mixture of the two.''                   --Crabb.
  2. \Cha*grin"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Chagrined}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Chargrining}.] [Cf. F. chagriner See {Chagrin}, n.]
    To excite ill-humor in; to vex; to mortify; as, he was not a
    little chagrined.
  3. \Cha*grin"\, v. i.
    To be vexed or annoyed. --Fielding.
  4. \Cha*grin"\, a.
    Chagrined. --Dryden.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abash, abashment, cast down, confound, confuse, confusion, discomfit, discomfiture, discompose, discomposure, disconcert, disconcertion, disconcertment, discountenance, distress, disturbance, embarrass, embarrassment, mortification, mortify, put out, throw into confusion, upset