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.]
I must own that I felt rather vexation and
chagrin than hope and satisfaction.
Hear me, and touch Belinda with
Syn. -- Vexation; mortification; peevishness;
fretfulness; disgust; disquiet. 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."
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
Cha*grin", v. i. To be vexed
or annoyed. Fielding.
Cha*grin", a. Chagrined.