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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But John’s displeasure did not seem to deter Trump. Amanda Svachula, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s the deal with President Trump and Elton John?," 7 July 2018 Coupled with some embarrassing losses during the past year, and Arsenal supporters have once again voiced their displeasure at the direction that Wenger is taking the north Londoners in. SI.com, "Arsenal Legend Emerges As Serious Contender to Replace Arsene Wenger at Emirates," 19 Apr. 2018 Kelly held separate meetings or phone calls with senior Justice Department officials last Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to convey Trump’s displeasure and lecture them on the White House’s expectations[.] . . . James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system," 30 Jan. 2018 Harlan Loeb, who oversees a global crisis communication team at PR giant Edelman, said calls from worried clients soared in the weeks after Trump won the presidency and began to tweet his displeasure with individual companies. Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump's tweets rattle markets but find silence from its top target, Amazon," 4 Apr. 2018 The Senate leader responded by slowly turning his head to glare at Reince Prieibus, then the White House chief of staff, to register his displeasure, according to people familiar with the matter. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "McConnell and Trump Forge a Bond Over Winning," 7 Nov. 2018 Guns n' Roses frontman Axl Rose also took to Twitter to express his displeasure at the use of their music at political events for Trump. Abby Gardner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Filed a Cease-and-Desist Letter Against Trump After He Played Her Music at a Political Rally," 6 Nov. 2018 And other members of the Trump-hating media also predictably chiming in, offering their displeasure about the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which so many other presidents promised and never delivered. Fox News, "Media take shots at Trump, Ivanka over Mideast violence," 15 May 2018 That fierce competition, coupled with other issues, like displeasure around the app’s big redesign earlier this year, led to Snap losing daily active users — 3 million of them — for the first time ever last quarter. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Four reasons Snap’s stock price is at an all-time low," 16 Sep. 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 How to pronounce displeasure (audio) \

Kids Definition of displeasure

: a feeling of dislike and irritation : dissatisfaction

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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