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.

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Brian O'Neill, the president of the union representing firefighters, had made his displeasure with the budget plans known in an email to Metro Council members ahead of the vote. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Cut fire station will actually stay open under new plan, Louisville Fire says," 3 July 2019 Is this the most scholarly way to pass along your displeasure? Jon Tayler, SI.com, "The Home Run Derby Field Looks Loaded," 2 July 2019 The former green jacket wearer carded a 4-under in each of the opening rounds, but maintained a stark displeasure with his initial performances. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Masters champion Patrick Reed bolts up leaderboard at Rocket Mortgage Classic," 29 June 2019 The bipartisan lawmakers wanted to express their continued displeasure with how the Trump administration has handled its response to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and critic of the Saudi regime. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for June 21: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Plain View Project, India, Sudan," 21 June 2019 Investors will likely celebrate the money-heavy design but gamers were voicing displeasure on social media. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 Registering displeasure That final formulation is yet another court formality. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The art of throwing shade in a SCOTUS dissent," 20 June 2019 While Trump still regularly expresses his displeasure with the Fed in tweets, talk of removing Powell has subsided. latimes.com, "White House explored legality of demoting Fed Chairman Powell," 18 June 2019 Based on his comments to reporters last week at the Memorial tournament in Ohio, his displeasure with USGA officials still runs deep. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "U.S. Open is hard and not always fair, so players must find a way to cope," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of displeasure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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