Definition of displease
1 : to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying their gossip displeases her
2 : to be offensive to abstract art displeases him
: to give displeasure behavior calculated to displease
Examples of displease in a Sentence
her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her
Recent Examples of displease from the Web
Orthodox Church displeasedThe director, Aleksei Y. Uchitel, is bewildered by the early criticism.
Saban, who has been at the forefront of the debate for years, was predictably displeased with the new changes.
Olivetti’s first decision — taken even before the new managers had put their feet under their desks — appeared set to displease the government, which was still gunning for the $81 billion merger to make the former state monopoly a world leader.
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Origin and Etymology of displease
Middle English displesen, from Anglo-French despleisir, desplere, from des- dis- + pleisir to please — more at please
First Known Use: 14th century
DISPLEASE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of displease for English Language Learners
: to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed
DISPLEASE Defined for Kids
Definition of displease for Students
: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied
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