dis·​please | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio) \
displeased; displeasing; displeases

Definition of displease

transitive verb

1 : to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying their gossip displeases her
2 : to be offensive to abstract art displeases him

intransitive verb

: to give displeasure behavior calculated to displease

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Examples of displease in a Sentence

her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her
Recent Examples on the Web As the day after Election Day dawns, the immediate task for Tuesday’s victor is likely to be more mundane and less ideological — and guaranteed to displease most Americans. Tyler Cowen Bloomberg Opinion, Star Tribune, "Think politics is nasty? Just wait for the battle over the vaccine," 3 Nov. 2020 The king makes elderly advisers crawl on the ground before him, shaves the heads of courtiers who displease him and has disowned several of his children. The Economist, "Thailand’s king seeks to bring back absolute monarchy," 14 Oct. 2020 The woman, displeased with the man, told him he had a week to leave their home. cleveland, "Man stabbed multiple times by his “ex”: Cleveland Heights police blotter," 15 May 2020 Spicer recalled going over stories with the president that had displeased him, assessing them section by section. Anchorage Daily News, "A history of the Trump War on Media - the obsession not even coronavirus could stop," 29 Mar. 2020 Proper public health measures that could have been taken were not, out of fear of displeasing the Communist Party. Alex Gladstein, Wired, "Dictatorships Are Making the Coronavirus Outbreak Worse," 2 Mar. 2020 Whether Congress will capitulate is unclear, but the spy chiefs’ inclination to avoid displeasing Trump seems clear. Jefferson Morley, The New Republic, "Is the CIA’s Director Going Full MAGA?," 12 Feb. 2020 China is South Korea’s largest trading partner, and some critics have accused Moon of failing to protect public health due to fears that a comprehensive entry ban would displease the Chinese government. Steven Borowiec / Seoul, Time, "How South Korea’s Coronavirus Outbreak Got so Quickly out of Control," 24 Feb. 2020 Not only are Chinese filmmakers unable to make frank movies about Chinese society, but American studios are equally disinclined to run the risk of displeasing Chinese authorities (and no movie is shown there without government permission). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "The Twenty-Seven Best Movies of the Decade," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of displease

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for displease

Middle English displesen, from Anglo-French despleisir, desplere, from des- dis- + pleisir to please — more at please

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“Displease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displease. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of displease

: to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed


dis·​please | \ dis-ˈplēz How to pronounce displease (audio) \
displeased; displeasing

Kids Definition of displease

: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied

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