Word of the Day: Chagrin

By Daniel Scocco

Chagrin [shə-grĭn’] literally refers to the cutting pain produced by the friction of Shagreen leather. It is widely used in a figurative way, however, where it means a strong embarrassment that is caused by failure, disappointment or by an awkward circumstance.

Lear brokered the deal to get then-middleweight boxing champion Bernard Hopkins to wear a tattoo promoting an online gambling website that covered his entire back for the biggest fight of 2001 against Felix Trinidad, much to the chagrin of promoters and TV networks. (USA Today)

Like Google’s Gmail, a powerful and well designed e-mail service that people often prefer to their company’s own system (to the chagrin of IT managers), Skype may prove too attractive to squash. (The Economist)

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6 Responses to “Word of the Day: Chagrin”

  • Sohail

    hmm great guide. I like this blog kepp good work coming 🙂

  • blutea

    This has become one of my favorite words. Stephenie Meyer uses it quite often in her novels – it’s kind of stuck in my head now.

  • joe c

    Ohhh I HATE that word! Because I see “grin” in it, I always think it’s something positive. I hope knowing its interesting origin will finally dispel the wrong connotation from my mind permanently. It’s my onw little “false cognate” (but not really)/

  • Niveda

    My teacher said the word’s meaning has something to do with cooking. (!) No, !!!!!

  • Rod

    That teacher is a “chagrin” to the “guild”

  • Dressage Canin

    That word “chagrin” has exactly the same meaning in french. Many people use it whithout knowing the exact meaning. Thanks Daniel for this post.
    Regards

    Frank

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