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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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  • 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


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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