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 The iPhone-maker is also aggressively and proactively censoring apps and other content that might displease Chinese regulators in the Chinese version of its App Store. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 18 May 2021 But the host of HBO’s Friday-night mainstay Real Time with Bill Maher is the only one of the left-of-center comics who occasionally says things that might displease his audience. Kyle Smith, National Review, 19 Apr. 2021 Take a dip in the wrong South American river or displease the wrong Bond villain, and some poor sap disappears in a froth of roiling water, blood and screams. Jim Kiest, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 14 Oct. 2020 The woman, displeased with the man, told him he had a week to leave their home. cleveland, 15 May 2020 Spicer recalled going over stories with the president that had displeased him, assessing them section by section. Anchorage Daily News, 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, 2 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of displease was in the 14th century

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“Displease.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displease. Accessed 26 Oct. 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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