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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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 If those concerns weren’t enough, Trump has openly expressed his displeasure at the Fed’s interest rate increases — something no president has done publicly in more than two decades. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Fed is set to leave rates alone as trade war raises anxiety," 31 July 2018 Ellison is doing plenty in attempting to stir a party that is chomping at the bit to take advantage of the boiling frustration and displeasure with President Donald Trump and get at Republicans in numerous races across the nation this year. Roy S. Johnson, AL.com, "DNC deputy: 'Alabama is in play', calls Roy Moore 'horrible,' 'loathsome', 'hypocrite'," 6 Mar. 2018 Beijing previously has denied passage by U.S. military vessels as an expression of displeasure. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, "China Denies U.S. Navy Ship’s Request for Hong Kong Visit," 25 Sep. 2018 Many were pretty upset about this joke, taking to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Hidden Signs That Predicted Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 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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