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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Gray allegedly wrote a Facebook post expressing his displeasure about the Patriots signing Brown after he was released by the Oakland Raiders on Saturday. Fox News, "Patriots' Antonio Brown signing allegedly leads to mass shooting threat from Giants fan," 10 Sep. 2019 Numerous scientists outside the government, including researchers and broadcast meteorologists, voiced their displeasure over the NOAA statement and simultaneously their support for their colleagues at the Weather Service. Author: Jason Samenow, Andrew Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "NOAA’s support of Trump over its own scientists in hurricane map dispute provokes uproar," 7 Sep. 2019 The group continued to let their displeasure about the chicken sandwich drought be known, pulling up to the drive-through and allegedly throwing an empty can through the window. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Customer Pulled Gun In Popeyes After Being Told Chicken Sandwiches Were Sold Out," 5 Sep. 2019 Players have expressed displeasure about the escrow system that takes money out of their paychecks to ensure a 50-50 split of revenue between players and clubs. Los Angeles Times, "Gary Bettman says NHL won’t reopen current CBA, reducing chances for lockout," 30 Aug. 2019 The community has joined together three times to voice their extreme displeasure about something in the game: planes, the Infinity Sword, and the mechs. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite’s next tournament will also be its most controversial, thanks to mech suits," 16 Aug. 2019 Analysts say North Korea, with its consecutive weapons tests, is demonstrating displeasure with the pace of nuclear diplomacy with Washington. Kim Tong-hyung, USA TODAY, "North Korea says it tested crucial new rocket launch system," 1 Aug. 2019 While the move has been praised by many coaches across New Jersey, some have voiced displeasure, wondering how their younger and inexperienced players will learn how to effectively tackle. Roman Stubbs, Twin Cities, "This high school football team never tackled in practice last year. Then it won a state title.," 28 Aug. 2019 Turner voiced his displeasure and said Drake initiated the contact. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ Justin Turner appeals one-game suspension for making contact with umpire," 27 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce displeasure (audio) \

Kids Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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