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From Old French desplaisir


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈplɛʒə/
  • (US) enPR: dĭs-plĕzhʹər, IPA(key): /dɪsˈplɛʒɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛʒə(r)
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displeasure (usually uncountable, plural displeasures)

  1. A feeling of being displeased with something or someone; dissatisfaction; disapproval.
    • 2011 October 20, Michael da Silva, “Stoke 3 - 0 Macc Tel-Aviv”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Tangling with Ziv, Cameron caught him with a flailing elbow, causing the Israeli defender to go down a little easily. However, the referee was in no doubt, much to the displeasure of the home fans.
  2. That which displeases; cause of irritation or annoyance; offence; injury.
  3. A state of disgrace or disfavour.
    • (Can we date this quote by Peacham and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      He went into Poland, being in displeasure with the pope for overmuch familiarity.



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displeasure (third-person singular simple present displeasures, present participle displeasuring, simple past and past participle displeasured)

  1. (archaic) To displease or offend.