Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Displeasure, dissatisfaction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Displeasure; discontent; annoyance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Displeasure; dissatisfaction; discontent; annoyance; vexation.

Etymologies

From Old French desplaisance. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And whan that messangeres of straunge contrees comen before him, the Meynee of the Soudan, whan the straungeres speken to hym, thei ben aboute the Souldan with swerdes drawen and gysarmez and axes, here armes lift up in highe with the wepenes, for to smyte upon hem, zif thei seye ony woord, that is displeasance to the

    The Voyages and Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And when that messengers of strange countries come before him, the meinie of the soldan, when the strangers speak to him, they be about the soldan with swords drawn and gisarmes and axes, their arms lifted up in high with those weapons for to smite upon them, if they say any word that is displeasance to the soldan.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And whan that messangeres of straunge contrees comen before him, the Meynee of the Soudan, whan the straungeres speken to hym, thei ben aboute the Souldan with swerdes drawen and gysarmez and axes, here armes lift up in highe with the wepenes, for to smyte upon hem, zif thei seye ony woord, that is displeasance to the Soudan.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • As the brands of a fire, if once feverered, will of themselves goe out, altho you use no other meanes to extinguish them, so distance of place, together with length of time (if there be no intercourse) will cool the affectiones of intimate friends, though tjere should be no displeasance between them.

    Anne Bradstreet and Her Time

  • _Mother_, may they pardon (as I reckon they shall) all faults and failings thereof, and in particular, should they find such, any displeasance done to themselves, more especially of that their loving and duteous daughter, that writes her name _Editha Louvaine_.

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest The Annals of Selwick Hall

  • "Lady, it means not disobedience to you, nor any displeasance done to this young damsel" -- and De Gernet turned and bowed to Roisia.

    A Forgotten Hero Not for Him

  • Moreover, there is the air far fresher [18] and there at this season is more plenty of that which behoveth unto life and less is the sum of annoys, for that, albeit the husbandmen die there, even as do the townsfolk here, the displeasance is there the less, insomuch as houses and inhabitants are rarer than in the city.

    The Decameron of Giovanni Boccaccio

  • I trust I did not aught to your displeasance, _Mother_? "

    Joyce Morrell's Harvest The Annals of Selwick Hall

  • God’s sight, as it dishonours that glorious Majesty, and hath manifest rebellion in it against him, and as it defiles and pollutes our spirits; he could not, I say, thus look upon it, but he would find some inward soul abhorrence and displeasance at it, and himself too.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

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