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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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  • 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


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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