dis·​please | \(ˌ)dis-ˈplēz \

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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Synonyms & Antonyms for displease


disaffect, discontent, disgruntle, dissatisfy


content, gratify, please, satisfy

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Examples of displease in a Sentence

her coworkers' tendency to pry displeased her

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The president insists on humiliating those who displease him. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump unbound amid a cloud of chaos," 18 Mar. 2018 That is significant to the team, as is the fact brown and yellow were less displeasing to those who did not like it. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres find they can't turn all blue eyes brown, but ...," 14 July 2018 This might have given Duff some security at last, but his family, displeased by their union, cut him off following their wedding. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "The Untold Story of the Woman Who Inspired Hemingway to Write The Sun Also Rises," 5 June 2016 These developments are likely to displease President Trump. Jamie Condliffe, New York Times, "China Wants High-Tech Cars. German Automakers Are Eager to Help.," 11 July 2018 America’s immigration system offers something to displease everyone. The Economist, "America’s immigration system is broken," 28 June 2018 The Lakers owner was surely displeased back in August, when improper communication between general manager Rob Pelinka and the agent for Oklahoma City’s Paul George, Aaron Mintz, led to a $500,000 fine from the NBA for tampering. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "What the NBA Awards show taught us about LeBron James' free agent future," 26 June 2018 Another is the fortnight-long detention in Riyadh of the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, a longtime client of Saudi Arabia’s, who displeased the crown prince. The Economist, "Insecurity complexGulf states fear being encircled by Iran and abandoned by America," 21 June 2018 Those conditions are set to expire in September, giving Comcast new freedom to run its business or do deals, a situation that displeases regulators and makes them skeptical of any deal that allows Comcast to swell further. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Comcast’s Big Bid Shouldn’t Distract From Regulatory Risks," 13 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of displease

: to make (someone) feel unhappy or annoyed


dis·​please | \dis-ˈplēz \
displeased; displeasing

Kids Definition of displease

: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied

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something that serves to warn or remind

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