Sour Grapes Definition

Denial of the desirability of something after one has found out that it cannot be reached or acquired.
The losers' scorn for the award is pure sour grapes.
American Heritage
The act or an instance of disparaging something desirable, simply because one does not have it or cannot do it.
Webster's New World

Origin of Sour Grapes

  • 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.

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