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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 to know that the Carleton boys hated him.

  • They were cracked and bruised, but the sight did not displease him.

    Vision House C. N. Williamson
  • He was the champion of the Indians when to advocate their cause was to displease many.

    The Printer Boy. William M. Thayer
  • Besides, he had a sore conviction that the girl would not do anything to displease her father.

    The Dictator Justin McCarthy
  • You mean that you went because you did not like to displease us by staying away?

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • But "No," he decided, "it would be greedy and might displease the fairies."

    Fairies Afield Mary Louisa Molesworth
  • We are constrained by love to him who gave his life for us, to do nothing to displease him.

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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