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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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  • Be satisfied, my dear, mean time, that I am not displeased with you: indeed I am not.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "I was afraid I had offended you or displeased you," she said.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Is it possible that Wiseli can have displeased you in any way?

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • Yes; but she told me that you would not be displeased at it.

  • Philip shook his head, and, displeased with his companion, sought his pillow.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for displeased


to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Forms
displeasing, adjective
displeasingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for displeased



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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