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chagrin - verb

To vex by disappointment or humiliation, as in The defeat chagrined him deeply.

noun

A feeling of vexation; disappointment or humiliation.

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment; that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us.

—Henry David Thoreau “Friday” A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849)

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