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From Old French desplaisir. See displease.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /dɪsˈplɛʒə/
  • (US) enPR: dĭs-plĕzhʹər, IPA(key): /dɪsˈplɛʒɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛʒə(ɹ)
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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.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene iii]:
      [King Lear] charged me, on pain of their perpetual displeasure, neither to speak of him [Edgar], entreat for him, nor any way sustain him.
    • 1622, Henry Peacham, The compleat gentleman fashioning him absolute in the most necessary & commendable qualities concerning minde or bodie that may be required in a noble gentleman.[2], page 101:
      [H]ee went into Poland, being in displeasure with the pope for ouermuch familiaritie with a kinswoman of his.



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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.