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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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  • It was impossible to pick a fault in him, and yet the sum-total was displeasing.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • But his face was not displeasing, and his eyes were animated and vivid.

  • There was a spirit about the son which was not displeasing to the father.

    Ayala's Angel Anthony Trollope
  • The kiss I would have impressed upon her countenance was not to her displeasing.

    Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • The advice given was not displeasing to the stubborn rivals and they finally agreed to follow it.

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
  • Evidently, this persistence was a distracting influence—a displeasing.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • This is that peace of God which we forfeit, only by displeasing Him.

  • You are so impetuous, Madame, that I always tremble at the fear of displeasing you.

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • It was apparent that he had been reading a newspaper; he had a displeasing air of possession.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • This meeting was very agreeable to me, and I believe not displeasing to him.

    The Vicar of Wakefield Oliver Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for displeasing


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



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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