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[mass noun] A feeling of annoyance or disapproval:‘he started hanging around the local pubs, much to the displeasure of his mother’
annoyance, irritation, crossness, infuriation, anger, vexation, wrath, pique, chagrin, rancour, resentment, indignation, exasperationdissatisfaction, discontent, discontentment, discontentedness, disgruntlement, disfavour, disapproval, disapprobation, disgust, distaste, offenceperturbation, disturbance, discomposure, upset, dismayaggravationire, cholerView synonyms
- ‘Williams is disgusted but uses her displeasure in determined fashion, winning the next point to earn a set point.’
- ‘All these memories mean that I associate fishing with pain and extreme displeasure and discomfort.’
- ‘His usual good humored expression had dissolved into one of annoyance and displeasure.’
- ‘To her surprise, instead of Yelena's usual look of irritation and displeasure, their mother had tears running down her face.’
- ‘The look of astonishment faded though, and all that was left was her usual look of grim disgust and displeasure.’
- ‘Thus disgruntled, he did not well hide his displeasure nor his attitude towards girls in common.’
- ‘Ms Sheehan encouraged the rally to show the government their displeasure with the development at the next state elections.’
- ‘Looking up at Thomas she saw a look of great discomfort and displeasure.’
- ‘He nodded abruptly, but his eyes were still filled with displeasure and disdain.’
- ‘Stassy couldn't find the words to get her point across, so she let her sneer of revulsion and displeasure do the talking for her.’
- ‘Recriminations and quips, annoyance and displeasure - these are parts of the game.’
- ‘It was with sheer displeasure and utter disgust that I once again witnessed Brian Lara given another bad decision.’
- ‘She looks tired and impatient, lips drawn in a thin line of displeasure.’
- ‘The man's face is set in a displeased grimace, his brow furrowed in certain displeasure.’
- ‘The irate couple got up to leave in disgust, and the woman barked her displeasure at the waiter.’
- ‘His displeasure and irritation with the slow pace of progress at this weekend's Barcelona summit was plain for all to see.’
- ‘She muttered, flicking ashes irritably at a passing woman, who snorted her displeasure.’
- ‘However, much to Bryce's displeasure and dismay, Alex was a good player and asset to the team.’
- ‘Irritated bees make their displeasure known, by administering painful stings.’
- ‘Talk of £120,000 a week rightly led to disgruntled Manchester United fans showing their displeasure.’
Annoy; displease:‘not for worlds would I do aught that might displeasure thee’
- ‘Can we imagine social and formal relations other than the present world system - Andrews seems to ask - by pleasuring or displeasuring the points of vulnerability in our sometimes not-so-unruffled representations?’
- ‘She gave a displeasured look, ‘I don't know if that's -‘’
- ‘May I displeasure you with the exceptional third paragraph of his lengthier review?’
- ‘Sam nodded, not trusting himself to speak in case he said something that displeasured his father.’
Late Middle English: from Old French desplaisir (see displease), influenced by pleasure.
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