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verb (used with object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.
  1. to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.
verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.
  1. 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 formsdis·pleas·ing·ly, adverbdis·pleas·ing·ness, nounself-dis·pleased, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of displease

  • This will displease only hawks who pray for large-scale U.S. air attacks plus lots of U.S. aid and ground-level advice.

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    A Winning Strategy for Iraq and Syria

    Leslie H. Gelb

    June 21, 2014

  • Davies said he disregarded these orders but did not want to displease a man he respected so much.

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    CBS Backs Off Benghazi Source

    Eli Lake

    November 8, 2013

Historical Examples of displease

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for displease


  1. to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Formsdispleasing, adjectivedispleasingly, 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.

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