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[dis-plezh-er] /dɪsˈplɛʒ ər/
dissatisfaction, disapproval, or annoyance.
discomfort, uneasiness, or pain.
Archaic. a cause of offense, annoyance, or injury.
verb (used with object), displeasured, displeasuring.
Archaic. to displease.
Origin of displeasure
late Middle English
1400-50; dis-1 + pleasure; replacing late Middle English desplaisir < Middle French (noun use of infinitive); see displease
Related forms
displeasureable, adjective
displeasureably, adverb
1. distaste, dislike; indignation, vexation. See dissatisfaction.
1. pleasure. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for displeasure
  • Many persons who have never heard a shot fired in anger or even mild displeasure, write about war with authority.
  • Anger leads us to fight back or to signal displeasure at the violation of a social agreement.
  • Anger is a natural response to frustration and/or events that cause displeasure.
  • If you've had a troubling experience, you owe it to yourself to voice your displeasure to the airline in writing.
  • He reportedly was vociferous in his displeasure with several players.
  • The squared ring is an area where blood is expected to be spilled and when it is not the crowd yells its displeasure.
  • The mockingbird clearly knew that its displeasure was aimed at the one particular dog.
  • He showed in what it consists and where refuge and consolation could be obtained under a sense of divine displeasure.
  • That's a perilous shot out of an elder-gun, that a poor and a private displeasure can do against a monarch.
  • It was answered, more than he could bear, his majesty's displeasure.
British Dictionary definitions for displeasure


the condition of being displeased
  1. pain
  2. an act or cause of offence
an archaic word for displease
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Word Origin and History for displeasure

early 15c., from Old French desplaisir, infinitive used as a noun (see displease). Earlier in same sense was displesaunce (late 14c.).

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