Definition of displease in English:



  • Make (someone) feel annoyed or upset.

    ‘the tone of the letter displeased him’
    ‘it was not entirely displeasing to be the centre of such a drama’
    • ‘Taken far enough this produces exterminism, a notion that if you don't get your way or something displeases you it is possible simply to blot it out.’
    • ‘We need to get over our cultural cringe and recognise we have a national interest and occasionally acting in that interest will displease people and governments in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘You can still do those things even if they displease your parents.’
    • ‘I could also extend effective protection to upright officers who happened to displease powerful politicians.’
    • ‘And when you're the king, you can banish the insiders who displease you and you can try to buy off the outsiders.’
    • ‘Every week he pours out his bile on all who displease him.’
    • ‘The reality, say several aides who did not wish to be quoted because it might displease the president, did not really sink in until Thursday night.’
    • ‘Don't be afraid of displeasing me, you couldn't do that.’
    • ‘May I never laugh at their mistakes, or resort to ridicule when they displease me.’
    • ‘Under this view, slavery is wrong, but not because slavery is an ‘unnatural’ human social position or because slavery displeases God.’
    • ‘Later I asked myself - why did that displease me so?’
    • ‘But if pressed, she'll admit the new digital ones displease her.’
    • ‘There are some indications, as well, that Bruce is anxious to avoid displeasing her conservative audience.’
    • ‘Schubb's gag order extends even to the outside activities of interviewees that displease him.’
    • ‘Not that there were no moments to displease him.’
    • ‘If you are negative to your neighbour because he happens to practise a religion that you dislike, you will be negative to all else who displease you one way or another.’
    • ‘‘That's a possibility that doesn't displease me,’ he said.’
    • ‘Everything I did seemed to annoy and displease him.’
    • ‘On both counts, national political leaders will displease their masters: oil supplies will not be adequate nor secure, and the workers will not be docile.’
    • ‘I doubt that you mother would be too pleased that you were displeasing her most important customer.’
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, incense, anger, irk, vex, provoke, pique, peeve, gall, nettle, exasperate, madden
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Late Middle English: from Old French desplaisir, from des- (expressing reversal) + plaisir ‘to please’, from Latin placere.