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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s re-election campaign is now mobilizing allies to counteract that image through appearances on television and other media, according to people familiar with the plans who also described Trump’s displeasure with Meadows. Jennifer Jacobs, Fortune, "In video address, Trump thanks Americans for their support, foreign leaders for their ‘condolences’," 4 Oct. 2020 When a subject incurred the king’s displeasure, the angry monarch would bestow as a gift one of his white elephants. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, "I bet you’ll pass this colorful quiz with flying colors," 3 Oct. 2020 In Gone Girl, the best seller that catapulted Flynn to literary fame, the psychopathic Amy’s displeasure with her husband curdles into cruel mind games. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Gillian Flynn Is Obsessed With Conspiracies," 29 Sep. 2020 Historians say white-run, southern school boards gave schools Confederate leaders' names to show their displeasure with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 school desegregation case. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Stonewall Jackson Middle to get new name tonight," 22 Sep. 2020 One of the first plays in, Johnson was flagged for a personal foul — Notre Dame's first penalty of the game — which drew Kelly's displeasure. Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Instant Observations: No. 7 Notre Dame dominates USF with 52-0 win," 20 Sep. 2020 Zywicki joked, referencing fans' continued displeasure with the Bears' 2016 split from kicker Robbie Gould. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "‘What am I doing? I’m supposed to be there!’ How Chicago Bears superfans will deal with spending Sundays away from Soldier Field this season.," 19 Sep. 2020 This week, players in the National Football League linked arms during the national anthem as a social justice protest while one player knelt, causing many fans in the stands to voice displeasure by booing. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Gallup: Public support for the sports industry has tanked since last year," 12 Sep. 2020 At least one fan could be heard voicing displeasure in Sky Sports' coverage as players from FC Dallas and Nashville knelt in protest against racial injustice. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "FC Dallas' Reggie Cannon criticizes booing of players kneeling during national anthem," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of displeasure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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18 Oct 2020

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“Displeasure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displeasure. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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