What does displeasure mean?

Definitions for displeasure
dɪsˈplɛʒ ərdis·plea·sure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. displeasurenoun

    the feeling of being displeased or annoyed or dissatisfied with someone or something


  1. displeasurenoun

    A feeling of being displeased with something or someone; dissatisfaction.

  2. displeasurenoun

    Pain or discomfort.

  3. displeasurenoun


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Displeasurenoun

    Etymology: from displease.

    When good is proposed, its absence carries displeasure or pain with it. John Locke.

    Now shall I be more blameless than the Philistines, though I do them a displeasure. Judg. xv. 3.

    True repentance may be wrought in the hearts of such as fear God, and yet incur his displeasure, the deserved effect whereof is eternal death. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

    He should beware that, by the fame of such a fact, he did not provoke Solyman’s heavy displeasure against him. Richard Knolles.

    Undoubtedly he will relent, and turn
    From his displeasure. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 109.

    Though the reciprocalness of the injury ought to allay the displeasure at it, yet men so much more consider what they suffer than what they do. Decay of Piety.

    On me alone thy just displeasure lay;
    But take thy judgments from this mourning land. Dryden.

    Y’ have shewn how much you my content design;
    Yet, ah! would heaven’s displeasure pass like mine. Dryden.

    Nothing is in itself so pernicious to communities of learned men as the displeasure of their prince, which those may justly expect to feel who would make use of his favour to his own prejudice. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 33.

    He went into Poland, being in displeasure with the pope for overmuch familiarity. Henry Peacham, on Musick.

  2. To Displeasureverb

    To displease; not to gain favour; not to win affection. A word not elegant, nor now in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    When the way of pleasuring or displeasuring lieth by the favourite, it is impossible any other should be overgreat. Francis Bacon.


  1. displeasure

    Displeasure is a feeling of annoyance, irritation, or dissatisfaction, typically resulting from an event, action, or behavior that is found to be unacceptable, offensive, or disagreeable to someone's standards, values, or personal interests. It refers to an emotional state of being unhappy or discontented.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Displeasurenoun

    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

  2. Displeasurenoun

    that which displeases; cause of irritation or annoyance; offense; injury

  3. Displeasurenoun

    state of disgrace or disfavor; disfavor

  4. Displeasureverb

    to displease

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Displeasure

    dis-plezh′ūr, n. the feeling of one who is offended: anger: cause of irritation.—v.t. (arch.) to displease, offend.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of displeasure in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of displeasure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of displeasure in a Sentence

  1. J. Bronowski:

    Who has not hopedTo outrage an enemy's dignityWho has not been sweptBy the wish to hurtAnd who has not thought that the impersonal worldDeserves no better than to be destroyedBy one fabulous sign of his displeasure

  2. Lindsey Graham:

    We will push back strongly to register our displeasure. It is already part of our law that would require us to stop funding if they actually bring a case.

  3. Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson:

    I believe she expressed a slight bit of displeasure about her accommodations, i explained to her this is a jail, not a resort.

  4. State Department spokesman John Kirby:

    Such treatment has the potential to negatively impact U.S. and Nicaraguan bilateral relations, particularly trade, we've conveyed our strong displeasure.

  5. Joe Keenan:

    There are, however, people in this world who seldom pick up a newspaper, people who, when watching television, sneer in displeasure and change channels at the first glimpse of an anchorperson. While such willfully uninformed citizens are rare, emerging from seclusion only to serve on juries in trials of great national significance, they do exist.

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