dissatisfaction, disapproval, or annoyance.
discomfort, uneasiness, or pain.
Archaic. a cause of offense, annoyance, or injury.

verb (used with object), dis·pleas·ured, dis·pleas·ur·ing.

Archaic. to displease.

Origin of displeasure

1400–50; dis-1 + pleasure; replacing late Middle English desplaisir < Middle French (noun use of infinitive); see displease
Related formsdis·pleas·ure·a·ble, adjectivedis·pleas·ure·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms for displeasure

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Antonyms for displeasure

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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



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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