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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.
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verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.
  1. to be unpleasant; cause displeasure: Bad weather displeases.
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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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Related Words

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

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  • 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)
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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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