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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One particular target of Trump's displeasure has been German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "As he arrives at NATO summit, President Trump hounds allies over 'delinquent' defense spending," 10 July 2018 North Korean officials have made no secret of their displeasure at a total and immediate effort to destroy weapons on the peninsula, and are said to favor a step-by-step approach. Suyin Haynes, Time, "President Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Preparing to Finally Meet. Here's What to Know About Their Singapore Summit," 8 June 2018 Thomas Pieters made no hiding of his displeasure during the second round of the BMW PGA Championship! Charles Curtis, For The Win, "Watch pro golfer Thomas Pieters furiously snap a club over his neck," 25 May 2018 Last week, the House Appropriations Committee added language to a must-pass spending bill that barred the president from relaxing penalties on ZTE, in the first sign of congressional displeasure with Trump's stance. Damian Paletta And David J. Lynch, chicagotribune.com, "Trump, Chinese leaders moving forward on deal to save ZTE," 22 May 2018 Look — ideally, 18,000 simultaneous expressions of displeasure would inspire the Flyers to play harder and better. Marcus Hayes, Philly.com, "Claude Giroux admits booing Philly fans hurt Flyers in NHL playoffs | Marcus Hayes," 25 Apr. 2018 And Nick Saban accidentally let people know of his displeasure. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "How Keegan-Michael Key stole the show at Penn State's spring game: Buckeye Breakfast," 23 Apr. 2018 Sometimes, my husband will be in the other room and let out what sure sounds like a frustrated sigh or some other non-verbal utterance of displeasure. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "A little therapy session for you and Facebook," 29 Mar. 2018 According to the official, the president is aware of Hicks' displeasure with Schlapp and what was perceived as her undermining of Hicks during a difficult period in order to elevate herself in the White House hierarchy. Jacqueline Alemany, CBS News, "White House staffers view post Hicks-era with trepidation," 28 Mar. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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