verb (used with object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

to incur the dissatisfaction, dislike, or disapproval of; offend; annoy: His reply displeased the judge.

verb (used without object), dis·pleased, dis·pleas·ing.

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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Related Words for displeased

disappointed, dissatisfied, annoyed, vexed, angry

Examples from the Web for displeased

Contemporary Examples of displeased

Historical Examples of displeased

  • Be satisfied, my dear, mean time, that I am not displeased with you: indeed I am not.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • "I was afraid I had offended you or displeased you," she said.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Is it possible that Wiseli can have displeased you in any way?

    Rico and Wiseli

    Johanna Spyri

  • Yes; but she told me that you would not be displeased at it.

  • Philip shook his head, and, displeased with his companion, sought his pillow.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

British Dictionary definitions for displeased



to annoy, offend, or cause displeasure to (someone)
Derived Formsdispleasing, adjectivedispleasingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for displeased



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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