Displease Dis*please", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Displeased}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Displeasing}.] [OF. desplaisir, whence F. d['e]plaisir displeasure; pref. des- (L. dis-) + plaisir to please. See {Please}, and cf. {Displeasure}.] 1. To make not pleased; to excite a feeling of disapprobation or dislike in; to be disagreeable to; to offend; to vex; -- often followed by with or at. It usually expresses less than to anger, vex, irritate, or provoke. [1913 Webster]

God was displeased with this thing. --1 Chron. xxi. 7. [1913 Webster]

Wilt thou be displeased at us forever? --Psalms lxxxv. 5 (Bk. of Com. Prayer). [1913 Webster]

This virtuous plaster will displease Your tender sides. --J. Fletcher. [1913 Webster]

Adversity is so wholesome . . . why should we be displeased therewith? --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. To fail to satisfy; to miss of. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I shall displease my ends else. --Beau. & Fl.

Syn: To offend; disgust; vex; annoy; dissatisfy; chafe; anger; provoke; affront. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • displease — early 14c., from O.Fr. desplais , present tense stem of desplaisir to displease (13c.), from L. displicere displease, from dis not (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + placere to please (see PLEASE (Cf. please)). Related: Displeased; …   Etymology dictionary

  • Displease — Dis*please , v. i. To give displeasure or offense. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • displease — [dis plēz′, dis′plēz] vt., vi. displeased, displeasing [ME displesen < OFr desplaisir < VL * displacere, for L displicere < dis , not + placere: see PLEASE] to fail to please or to be disagreeable (to); annoy; offend; irritate …   English World dictionary

  • displease — UK [dɪsˈpliːz] / US [dɪsˈplɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms displease : present tense I/you/we/they displease he/she/it displeases present participle displeasing past tense displeased past participle displeased formal to annoy someone, or to make …   English dictionary

  • displease — verb Etymology: Middle English displesen, from Anglo French despleisir, desplere, from des dis + pleisir to please more at please Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to incur the disapproval or dislike of especially by annoying …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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