to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.
to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.
- dis·pleas·ing·ly, adverb
- dis·pleas·ing·ness, noun
- self-dis·pleased, adjective
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How to use displease in a sentence
Watson recently has requested that the Texans trade him, reportedly displeased that the team didn’t follow through on promises that he would have input in an organizational overhaul this offseason.Deshaun Watson accused of sexual misconduct in lawsuits stemming from massage sessions; QB issues denial | Mark Maske, Nicki Jhabvala | March 17, 2021 | Washington Post
This will displease only hawks who pray for large-scale U.S. air attacks plus lots of U.S. aid and ground-level advice.
Davies said he disregarded these orders but did not want to displease a man he respected so much.
Ethel's mode of pleading was unfortunate; the "very foolish of Margaret" were the very words to displease.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
You are an honest man,404 and do not make it your business either to please or displease the favourites.The 'Characters' of Jean de La Bruyre | Jean de La Bruyre
If I understand you rightly, monsieur, you have decided to rid yourself of persons who annoy you or displease you?The Seven Cardinal Sins: Envy and Indolence | Eugne Sue
He supped with me; but a cunning, crafty fellow he is, and dangerous to displease, for his tongue spares nobody.Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete | Samuel Pepys
For a word, she would flare up into a sudden anger, nor try as he would, could he divine what action of his would displease her.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for displease
to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
- displeasing, adjective
- displeasingly, adverb
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