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displeasure

[dis-plezh-er] /dɪsˈplɛʒ ər/
noun
1.
dissatisfaction, disapproval, or annoyance.
2.
discomfort, uneasiness, or pain.
3.
Archaic. a cause of offense, annoyance, or injury.
verb (used with object), displeasured, displeasuring.
4.
Archaic. to displease.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; dis-1 + pleasure; replacing late Middle English desplaisir < Middle French (noun use of infinitive); see displease
Related forms
displeasureable, adjective
displeasureably, adverb
Synonyms
1. distaste, dislike; indignation, vexation. See dissatisfaction.
Antonyms
1. pleasure.
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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

displeasure

/dɪsˈplɛʒə/
noun
1.
the condition of being displeased
2.
(archaic)
  1. pain
  2. an act or cause of offence
verb
3.
an archaic word for displease
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Word Origin and History for displeasure
n.

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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