displease

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Middle English displesen, from Anglo-Norman despleisir, despler, from Old French desplere, from des- + plere.

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displease (third-person singular simple present displeases, present participle displeasing, simple past and past participle displeased)

  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.
    The boy's rudeness displeased me.
    • Bible, Psalms lxxxv. 5 (Book of Common Prayer)
      Wilt thou be displeased at us forever?
  2. To fail to satisfy; to miss of.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      I shall displease my ends else.
  3. To give displeasure or offense.

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