- to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.
- to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.
Origin of displease
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Examples from the Web for 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.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.CBS Backs Off Benghazi Source
November 8, 2013
Even the marquis, with his ironical politeness, was beginning to displease her.The Fortune of the Rougons
There's no reason we should be near people who displease us or whom we displease, thanks to our money.
It did not displease him that she should receive his question thus.
This sudden departure of his would, he well knew, displease Kearney.Lord Kilgobbin
He was between two stools, for he had no mind to displease Flavia or thwart her brother.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
- to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
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Word Origin and History for displease
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