I am learning emotional vocabulary.

I stuck a bit with two emotion terms, that in Russian refers to the same world.

Can you help me to understand the difference between Disappointed and Disillusioned?


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    Welcome to ELU. This question would be improved by adding evidence of research in English. Certainly I can see how Oxford's definitions of disappointed and disillusioned don't exactly help. – Andrew Leach May 25 '19 at 8:35
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    Consider that "disillusion" is the prefix "dis" with the word "illusion". You can derive the meaning from that. But "disappointed" has shifted meanings over the centuries -- it originally meant being removed from an appointed position, but figurative uses gradually changed it's meaning to make that original one obsolete. – Hot Licks May 25 '19 at 12:32

Pulling from your definitions:

You are disappointed in a situation, or a person, if you hoped or expected a certain outcome that failed to come to pass.

You are disillusioned, on the other hand, if you believed something that turned out not to be true.

Disillusionment is a subset of disappointment, and conveys a deeper feeling.

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