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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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  • Even the marquis, with his ironical politeness, was beginning to displease her.

  • There's no reason we should be near people who displease us or whom we displease, thanks to our money.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • It did not displease him that she should receive his question thus.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • This sudden departure of his would, he well knew, displease Kearney.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • He was between two stools, for he had no mind to displease Flavia or thwart her brother.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • If ever I displease you in future, you have only to say, 'Lie down, sir!'

  • If my candour does not displease thee, accept my congratulations.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • "I am very sorry to displease you, sir," answered my friend.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
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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