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  1. sour grapesnoun

    disparagement of something that is unattainable


  1. sour grapesnoun

    A putting down or expression of disdain about something that one desires but cannot have.

  2. Etymology: From the Aesop's fable The Fox and the Grapes, in which a fox, unable to reach grapes he is seeking, decides that they must have been sour.


  1. sour grapes

    "Sour grapes" is a phrase used to describe the action of demeaning or dismissing something that one wants or desires, but fails to obtain or achieve. This term typically denotes an attitude of bitterness or contempt towards the unattained object or goal. It originates from Aesop's Fable "The Fox and The Grapes", where a fox, unable to reach a bunch of grapes, declares them to be sour, although it never tasted them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sour grapes in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sour grapes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sour grapes in a Sentence

  1. Arabic Proverb:

    Ask not a man who his father was but make trial of his qualities, and then conciliate or reject him accordingly. For it is no disgrace to new wine, if only it be sweet, as to its taste, that it was the juice [or daughter] of sour grapes.

  2. Zelda:

    Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.

  3. Edith Wharton:

    There is too much sour grapes for my taste in the present American attitude. The time to denounce the bankers was when we were all feeding off their gold plate; not now! At present they have not only my sympathy but my preference. They are the last representatives of our native industries.

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