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

v give displeasure to

delight, please
give pleasure to or be pleasing to
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
fail to satisfy
get, get under one's skin
eat into, fret, grate, rankle
gnaw into; make resentful or angry
cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
trouble or vex
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
make dissatisfied
put into a bad mood or into bad humour

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