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displease

[dis-pleez] /dɪsˈpliz/
verb (used with object), displeased, displeasing.
1.
to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy:
His reply displeased the judge.
verb (used without object), displeased, displeasing.
2.
to be unpleasant; cause displeasure:
Bad weather displeases.
Origin of displease
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English desplesen < Anglo-French, Middle French desplaisir. See dis-1, please
Related forms
displeasingly, adverb
displeasingness, noun
self-displeased, adjective
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  • If I displease your eyes, I shall, at any rate, preserve in your heart the place that you have conceded me.

  • It did not displease him that she should receive his question thus.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • They were cracked and bruised, but the sight did not displease him.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • This sudden departure of his would, he well knew, displease Kearney.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Besides, he had a sore conviction that the girl would not do anything to displease her father.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • If my candour does not displease thee, accept my congratulations.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • But "No," he decided, "it would be greedy and might displease the fairies."

    Fairies Afield Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • The new costume of Napoleon on the column did not displease him in any way.

British Dictionary definitions for displease

displease

/dɪsˈpliːz/
verb
1.
to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Forms
displeasing, adjective
displeasingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for displease
v.

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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