[ dis-pleez ]
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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

Other words from displease

  • dis·pleas·ing·ly, adverb
  • dis·pleas·ing·ness, noun
  • self-dis·pleased, adjective

Words Nearby displease

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How to use displease in a sentence

  • If I understand you rightly, monsieur, you have decided to rid yourself of persons who annoy you or displease you?

  • He supped with me; but a cunning, crafty fellow he is, and dangerous to displease, for his tongue spares nobody.

  • 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


/ (dɪsˈpliːz) /

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

Derived forms of displease

  • displeasing, adjective
  • displeasingly, adverb

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