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displease

[ dis-pleez ]
/ dɪsˈpliz /
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verb (used with object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.

verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.

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annoy, dissatisfy, perplex, exasperate, chagrin, bother, vex, upset, irritate, frustrate, enrage, gall, rile, irk, antagonize, incense, disgust, offend, disappoint, sound

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display ad, display advertisement, display advertising, display type, displayed, displease, displeased, displeasure, displode, displosion, displume

Origin of displease

1300–50; Middle English desplesen < Anglo-French, Middle French desplaisir. See dis-1, please
Related formsdis·pleas·ing·ly, adverbdis·pleas·ing·ness, nounself-dis·pleased, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for displease

displease

/ (dɪsˈpliːz) /

verb

to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Formsdispleasing, adjectivedispleasingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for displease

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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