dis·​plea·​sure | \(ˌ)dis-ˈple-zhər, -ˈplā-\

Definition of displeasure 

1 : the feeling of one that is displeased : disfavor

3 archaic : offense, injury

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Examples of displeasure in a Sentence

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.

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South Korea’s foreign minister has also said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed displeasure about the Koreas’ military agreement, fueling speculation that Washington wasn’t fully on board with the decision. Kim Tong-hyung, The Seattle Times, "Koreas, US-led UN Command discuss disarming border area," 16 Oct. 2018 Others tweeted their displeasure with the French government. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, "Scorned Migrant Boat Exposes Raw Feelings Among European Allies," 13 June 2018 The Texas Rangers manager expressed his displeasure with home-plate umpire Paul Nauert's strike zone in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Why Rangers manager Jeff Banister got tossed for first time this season | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 May 2018 The 7,000-pound behemoths also discipline their young, showing displeasure by hitting their tails on the water, making strong head movements, and emitting unusual noises with their teeth. National Geographic, "Why Humpback Whale Babies Whisper to Mom," 8 June 2018 Trump continues to have broad faith in Bolton, people familiar with the matter said, despite his displeasure at the Libya comments. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Bolton sidelined as Trump readies for North Korea," 4 June 2018 The first rumble of discontent surfaced before the first pitch had been thrown, when Odubel Herrera expressed his displeasure at being left out of the Opening Day lineup. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Do the Phillies really have enough at-bats to go around Gabe Kapler's lineup? | David Murphy," 6 Apr. 2018 But West Ham fans will protest outside the club's stadium before the game to voice their displeasure at the running of the team. SI.com, "West Ham Star Set to Retain Starting Place As Hammers' Board Brace for Further Fan Unrest," 30 Mar. 2018 Some left, but many lingered for as much as an hour, with a few voicing their displeasure at the Kings organization. Ryan Sabalow, Jason Jones, Tony Bizjak, Dale Kasler And Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Police work on plan to get fans safely into Thursday's Kings game. Will they show up?," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of displeasure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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English Language Learners Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of unhappiness or annoyance


dis·​plea·​sure | \dis-ˈple-zhər \

Kids Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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