Definition of displeasure in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsˈplɛʒə/


[mass noun]
A feeling of annoyance or disapproval: he started hanging around the local pubs, much to the displeasure of his mother
More example sentences
  • Recriminations and quips, annoyance and displeasure - these are parts of the game.
  • His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.
  • To her surprise, instead of Yelena's usual look of irritation and displeasure, their mother had tears running down her face.
dissatisfaction, discontent, discontentment, discontentedness, disgruntlement, disfavour, disapproval, disapprobation, disgust, distaste, offence;
perturbation, disturbance, discomposure, upset, dismay
informal aggravation
literary ire, choler


[with object] archaic
Annoy; displease: not for worlds would I do aught that might displeasure thee
More example sentences
  • Can we imagine social and formal relations other than the present world system - Andrews seems to ask - by pleasuring or displeasuring the points of vulnerability in our sometimes not-so-unruffled representations?
  • Sam nodded, not trusting himself to speak in case he said something that displeasured his father.
  • May I displeasure you with the exceptional third paragraph of his lengthier review?


Late Middle English: from Old French desplaisir (see displease), influenced by pleasure.

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