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Displease definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DISPLEASE, v.t. displeze. [dis and please.]
1. To offend; to make angry, sometimes in a slight degree. It usually expresses less than anger, vex, irritate and provoke. Applied to the Almighty in scripture, it may be considered as equivalent to anger.
God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. 1 Chronicles 21.
2. To disgust; to excite aversion in; as, acrid and rancid substances displease the taste.
3. To offend; to be disagreeable to. A distorted figure displeases the eye.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: give displeasure to [ant: delight, please]

Merriam Webster's

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 <their gossip displeases her> 2. to be offensive to <abstract art displeases him> intransitive verb to give displeasure <behavior calculated to displease>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. make indignant or angry; offend; annoy. Phrases and idioms: be displeased (often foll. by at, with) be indignant or dissatisfied; disapprove. Derivatives: displeasing adj. displeasingly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF desplaisir (as DIS-, L placere please)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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. God was displeased with this thing. --1 Chron. xxi. 7. Wilt thou be displeased at us forever? --Psalms lxxxv. 5 (Bk. of Com. Prayer). This virtuous plaster will displease Your tender sides. --J. Fletcher. Adversity is so wholesome . . . why should we be displeased therewith? --Barrow. 2. To fail to satisfy; to miss of. [Obs.] I shall displease my ends else. --Beau. & Fl. Syn: To offend; disgust; vex; annoy; dissatisfy; chafe; anger; provoke; affront.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Displease Dis*please", v. i. To give displeasure or offense. [Obs.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(displeases, displeasing, displeased) If something or someone displeases you, they make you annoyed or rather angry. Not wishing to displease her, he avoided answering the question. VERB: V n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Offend, dissatisfy, disgust, disoblige, give offence to. 2. Provoke, irritate, vex, chagrin, affront, pique, chafe, fret, anger, nettle, make angry.

Moby Thesaurus

anger, annoy, be disagreeable, bug, chafe, disappoint, discontent, disgruntle, dishearten, dissatisfy, exasperate, frustrate, infuriate, irk, irritate, miff, nettle, offend, peeve, pique, provoke, put out, rile, ruffle, trouble, upset, vex, worry


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