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displease

When you displease someone, you disappoint them or make them unhappy. Your dog's loud barking at 5 AM is sure to displease your neighbors.

The prefix dis- is often used to signify the opposite of something, and displease is no exception: it means to do the opposite of pleasing someone. Your terrible grades will displease your parents and your teachers, not to mention you, and being served your least favorite foods at your birthday dinner will also displease you. Please has a Latin root, placere, "be acceptable, be liked, or be approved."

Definitions of displease
  1. verb
    give displeasure to
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    Antonyms:
    delight, please
    give pleasure to or be pleasing to
    please
    give satisfaction
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    annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, gravel, irritate, nark, nettle, rag, rile, vex
    cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
    repel, repulse
    be repellent to; cause aversion in
    dissatisfy
    fail to satisfy
    get, get under one's skin
    irritate
    eat into, fester, fret, gnaw, grate, rankle
    gnaw into; make resentful or angry
    peeve
    cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
    ruffle
    trouble or vex
    fret
    cause annoyance in
    beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
    annoy continually or chronically
    antagonise, antagonize
    provoke the hostility of
    churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
    cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
    put off, turn off
    cause to feel intense dislike or distaste
    discontent
    make dissatisfied
    disgruntle
    put into a bad mood or into bad humour
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