Definition of displease in English:



[with object]
  • Make (someone) feel annoyed or upset.

    ‘the tone of the letter displeased him’
    • ‘But if pressed, she'll admit the new digital ones displease her.’
    • ‘I doubt that you mother would be too pleased that you were displeasing her most important customer.’
    • ‘Don't be afraid of displeasing me, you couldn't do that.’
    • ‘And when you're the king, you can banish the insiders who displease you and you can try to buy off the outsiders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everything I did seemed to annoy and displease him.’
    • ‘Not that there were no moments to displease him.’
    • ‘Under this view, slavery is wrong, but not because slavery is an ‘unnatural’ human social position or because slavery displeases God.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are some indications, as well, that Bruce is anxious to avoid displeasing her conservative audience.’
    • ‘I could also extend effective protection to upright officers who happened to displease powerful politicians.’
    • ‘Schubb's gag order extends even to the outside activities of interviewees that 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.’
    • ‘Later I asked myself - why did that displease me so?’
    • ‘‘That's a possibility that doesn't displease me,’ he said.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every week he pours out his bile on all who displease him.’
    • ‘May I never laugh at their mistakes, or resort to ridicule when they displease me.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.