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 And Auburn fans are displeased with Gus Malzahn at midseason. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "What judge’s ruling on abortion ban means," 29 Oct. 2019 Gard wasn't the only UW official displeased with the result of Potter's appeal. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW coach Greg Gard lashes out at the NCAA after it denies the final appeal of UW transfer Michael Potter," 21 Nov. 2019 In Iraq, Abdul Mahdi's resignation displeased Iran, but could be a first step in remedying corruption. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Protests toppled two governments in three days, but the fight is only beginning," 2 Nov. 2019 But at least according to the recent poll, Boudin could be seeing a benefit from Breed’s appointment, with many voters displeased about the decision. Evan Sernoffsky, SFChronicle.com, "Poll: Chesa Boudin, Suzy Loftus lead district attorney race in SF," 20 Oct. 2019 In mainland China, displeasing the government can land one in even more trouble. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "China’s new weapon of choice is your face," 5 Oct. 2019 Roberts was displeased generally with Whitaker’s coverage, and as a result CBS removed him from covering the tournament. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Jack Whitaker, Emmy-Winning Sportscaster, Dies at 95," 18 Aug. 2019 Roberts was displeased generally with Mr. Whitaker’s coverage, and as a result CBS removed him from covering the tournament. Richard Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Jack Whitaker, Emmy-winning broadcaster renowned for his sports essays, dies at 95," 18 Aug. 2019 After casting off advisers who displeased him at a record rate in his first two and a half years in office, Mr. Trump now has fewer aides around him willing or able to challenge him, much less restrain his more impulsive instincts. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Trump’s Interest in Buying Greenland Seemed Like a Joke. Then It Got Ugly.," 21 Aug. 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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The first known use of displease was in the 14th century

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23 Dec 2019

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“Displease.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/displeasing. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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