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[dis-pleez] /dɪsˈpliz/
verb (used with object), displeased, displeasing.
to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy:
His reply displeased the judge.
verb (used without object), displeased, displeasing.
to be unpleasant; cause displeasure:
Bad weather displeases.
Origin of displease
1300-50; Middle English desplesen < Anglo-French, Middle French desplaisir. See dis-1, please
Related forms
displeasingly, adverb
displeasingness, noun
self-displeased, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for displease
  • There are too many things going on in the government that displease, upset and offend him.
  • If students' activities displease the governing elites, they are summarily expelled from university and in many instances jailed.
  • Election time is always a tough time politically as no side wants to make a mistake and displease its peers.
  • Either decision he made would displease either labor or environmentalists, so he punted it until after the election.
  • Then she spake no more as at that time, for she was loth to displease him.
  • Let the eternal truth please thee above all things, let thine own great vileness displease thee continually.
  • To say truth, there is no end to her freaks whenever she is disposed to gratify or displease.
  • If the proposition displease, they reject it by an inarticulate murmur: if it be pleasing, they brandish their javelins.
  • They dare to displease, they do not speak to expectation.
  • Those who displease him are threatened with the tearing out of a heart or liver.
British Dictionary definitions for displease


to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Forms
displeasing, adjective
displeasingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for displease

early 14c., from Old French desplais-, present tense stem of desplaisir "to displease" (13c.), from Latin displicere "displease," from dis- "not" (see dis-) + placere "to please" (see please). Related: Displeased; displeasing.

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