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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 of displeasure
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.
Antonyms
1. pleasure.
Synonym Study
1. See dissatisfaction.
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  • He had disapproved of the marriage of his son and evinced his displeasure in his will.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Arouse all together, mes enfants, under pain of my displeasure.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The teacher stood looking at the child in great surprise and some displeasure.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Dissembling her displeasure, she praised the hammer-cloth, and especially the fringe.

  • Is it necessary that I should defend myself for expressing my displeasure?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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