dis·​plea·​sure (ˌ)dis-ˈple-zhər How to pronounce displeasure (audio)
: the feeling of one that is displeased : disfavor
archaic : offense, injury

Example Sentences

The meeting will give people who object to the policy a chance to voice their displeasure. Fans showed their displeasure at the umpire's call by booing loudly.
Recent Examples on the Web Mira also voiced her displeasure about her father's exclusion. Christian Holub, EW.com, 13 Mar. 2023 In that interview, which was obviously not authorized by the Bayern bosses, Neuer voiced his displeasure about the club releasing Tapalovic. Manuel Veth, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2023 As a search and rescue team took over, Carole was dismayed to hear her dear friends being referred to in past tense through television coverage and even called ABC News to voice her displeasure. Tierney Mcafee, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2022 Swift, for her part, made her displeasure known … swiftly. Jessica Derschowitz, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2022 At a plea hearing earlier this year, Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper Jones, voiced her displeasure with Travis McMichael’s attempt to plea and serve time in federal prison, avoiding the possibility of serving in a Georgia. Raisa Habersham, USA TODAY, 8 Aug. 2022 Reddick has expressed displeasure at the delays in turning over evidence, as city attorneys work to untangle the relevant evidence in the Lewis case from documents that may be prohibited from disclosure under federal law. Madeline Buckley, Chicago Tribune, 19 Feb. 2023 He had been warned that French audiences are not shy about expressing their displeasure. Carvell Wallace, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2023 Aside from Spartz and Bacon—who have expressed their displeasure—Rep. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of displeasure was in the 15th century

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“Displeasure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displeasure. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

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dis·​plea·​sure (ˈ)dis-ˈplezh-ər How to pronounce displeasure (audio)
: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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