American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or fact of being displeased; dissatisfaction.
- n. Discomfort, uneasiness, or pain.
- n. Archaic An injurious offense.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of feeling displeased; specifically, a feeling of intense or indignant disapproval, as of an act of disobedience, injustice, etc.: as, a man incurs the displeasure of another by thwarting his views or schemes; a servant incurs the displeasure of his master by neglect or disobedience; we experience displeasure at any violation of right or decorum.
- n. Discomfort; uneasiness; dolefulness: opposed to pleasure.
- n. Offense; umbrage.
- n. A displeasing or offensive act; an act which causes, or is fitted to cause or rouse, a feeling of dissatisfaction, annoyance, or resentment; an ill turn or affront: generally preceded by do.
- n. A state of disgrace or disfavor.
- n. Synonyms Dissatisfaction, disapprobation, distaste, dislike, anger, vexation, indignation, resentment, annoyance.
- To displease; be displeasing or annoying to: as, it displeasures me to see so much waste.
- n. A feeling of being displeased with something or someone; dissatisfaction.
- n. Pain or discomfort.
- n. Disapproval.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The feeling of one who is displeased; irritation or uneasiness of the mind, occasioned by anything that counteracts desire or command, or which opposes justice or a sense of propriety; disapprobation; dislike; dissatisfaction; disfavor; indignation.
- n. That which displeases; cause of irritation or annoyance; offense; injury.
- n. obsolete State of disgrace or disfavor; disfavor.
- v. obsolete To displease.
- n. the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something
- dis- + pleasure (Wiktionary)
- Middle English displesure, from Old French desplaisir : des-, dis- + plaisir, pleasure; see pleasure. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But now his displeasure is against her; he is angry with her, and appears and acts against her as an enemy.”
“And confronted by adult displeasure from the Obama Adm., the angry response is – YOU CAN'T MAKE ME.”
“Her displeasure is predominantly for the Republicans in the chamber who have institutionalized the filibuster to halt the legislative process.”
“But our dislike of Shiver served only to remind us of a certain displeasure we have been feeling lately with young adult fiction in general and YA aimed at teenage girls in particular; namely, the Enfeebled Heroine.”
“The political waters were roiled to an extent by Mayor Koch's vigorous endorsement of Turner, which Koch explained as an expression of displeasure at Obama's apparent lack of affection for Israel.”
“Voicing displeasure is what the 'Party of No' does.”
“Either way, for us to sit in judgment of people who are offended by the decision and using a relatively direct method to communicate their displeasure is not any less childish than the method they have chosen.”
“You don't like these, I'm more than certain, but your displeasure is not the same as their nonexistence.”
“Pulpy flesh and smelly goo bits ooze everywhere, and Tamyris looks away in displeasure while Aerill looks almost as green as Ragnar.”
“Her gold-brown hair was pulled so severely toward the crown of her skull, Sulu found it somewhat amazing she could draw her face down into the expression of displeasure it now wore.”
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