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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Schubb's gag order extends even to the outside activities of interviewees that displease him.’
    • ‘I could also extend effective protection to upright officers who happened to displease powerful politicians.’
    • ‘I doubt that you mother would be too pleased that you were displeasing her most important customer.’
    • ‘Not that there were no moments to displease him.’
    • ‘You can still do those things even if they displease your parents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But if pressed, she'll admit the new digital ones displease her.’
    • ‘‘That's a possibility that doesn't displease me,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every week he pours out his bile on all who displease him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't be afraid of displeasing me, you couldn't do that.’
    • ‘There are some indications, as well, that Bruce is anxious to avoid displeasing her conservative audience.’
    • ‘Everything I did seemed to annoy and 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.’
    • ‘And when you're the king, you can banish the insiders who displease you and you can try to buy off the outsiders.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘May I never laugh at their mistakes, or resort to ridicule when they displease me.’
    annoy, irritate, infuriate, incense, anger, irk, vex, provoke, pique, peeve, gall, nettle, exasperate, madden
    dissatisfy, disgruntle, dismay, put out, affront, offend, insult, mortify, outrage, scandalize, disgust
    bother, trouble, upset, perturb, disturb, discompose
    aggravate, needle, bug, rile, rattle, miff, hack off
    nark, wind up, get at
    tee off, tick off, gravel, bum out
    piss off
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Late Middle English: from Old French desplaisir, from des- (expressing reversal) + plaisir to please, from Latin placere.