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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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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Those two options will likely displease hard Brexiteers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The case for holding a second Brexit referendum," 17 Dec. 2018 Parliament also created a new disciplinary chamber that the opposition says would be used to attack judges who displeased the party. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland Purges Supreme Court, and Protesters Take to Streets," 3 July 2018 Lam Wing-kee was the manager of Causeway Bay Books in Hong Kong, a store that sold titles that displeased the authorities in Beijing. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "How China Uses Forced Confessions as Propaganda Tool," 11 Apr. 2018 There are a number of aspects of motherhood Victoria was openly displeased by. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?," 13 Jan. 2019 In his first two years in office, Mr. Trump has publicly criticized companies whose actions displease him and has threatened corporations with various consequences. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Trump Threatens to Cut GM Subsidies," 27 Nov. 2018 So there could hardly have been better timing to announce a spiritual successor to New Vegas, a game that some players displeased with Fallout 76 point to as a model. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Obsidian Entertainment finally announces its Fallout: New Vegas successor," 7 Dec. 2018 The presence of Japanese submarines in the South China Sea would be displeasing to China, said Yoji Koda, a retired vice admiral in Japan’s navy. Chieko Tsuneoka And Peter Landers, WSJ, "Japan Challenges China With Submarine Exercise," 17 Sep. 2018 Republicans are betting that Connecticut voters displeased with eight years of Democratic control will give Mr. Stefanowski the nod. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Political Outsiders Progress in State Races," 15 Aug. 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 How to pronounce displease (audio) \
displeased; displeasing

Kids Definition of displease

: to cause to feel unhappy or unsatisfied

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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