dis·​plea·​sure | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈple-zhər How to pronounce displeasure (audio) , -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.
Recent Examples on the Web Two of Alabama’s Heisman winners, Smith and Mark Ingram, voiced their displeasure when Alabama had the ball on Texas A&M’s 3-yard line and threw the ball three consecutive times before settling for a field goal. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, 10 Oct. 2021 The post received some mixed reviews, and those who weren’t into it voiced their displeasure. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, 28 Sep. 2021 French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly voiced their displeasure in a joint statement. NBC News, 16 Sep. 2021 With only 54 percent of the country fully vaccinated as of Wednesday, months after the vaccine was made available to the public for free, Towns voiced his displeasure in a tweet. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 15 Sep. 2021 In recent weeks, Pyongyang has voiced displeasure at the Biden administration, calling U.S. overtures for talks a hypocrisy and vowing to boost military capabilities. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 As the crowd voiced their displeasure, Carmella came to the ring the take Banks’ place, making the crowd even more unhappy. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Manchin quickly voiced his displeasure with the administration for failing to reach out to him in advance. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 30 July 2021 After the publication of the story, a member of the Thorns communications staff reached out to this reporter to express displeasure that the club hadn’t been informed in advance of the photoshoot with Shim and her girlfriend. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of displeasure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Oct 2021

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“Displeasure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displeasure. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of unhappiness or annoyance


dis·​plea·​sure | \ dis-ˈple-zhər How to pronounce displeasure (audio) \

Kids Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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