• WordNet 3.6
    • v displease give displeasure to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Displease To fail to satisfy; to miss of. "I shall displease my ends else."
    • v. i Displease To give displeasure or offense.
    • Displease 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.""Wilt thou be displeased at us forever?""This virtuous plaster will displease Your tender sides.""Adversity is so wholesome . . . why should we be displeased therewith?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • displease To fail to please; offend; be disagreeable to; excite aversion in: as, acrid and rancid substances displease the taste; glaring colors displease the eye; his conduct displeased his relatives.
    • displease To fail to accomplish or satisfy; fall short of.
    • displease [Frequently followed by to in old English.] Synonyms To annoy, chafe, provoke, pique, fret.
    • displease To excite disgust or aversion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Displease dis-plēz′ to offend: to make angry in a slight degree: to be disagreeable to
    • v.i Displease to raise aversion
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  • Francis Quarles
    “Be always displeased at what thou art, if thou desire to attain to what thou art not; for where thou hast pleased thyself, there thou abidest.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The reason that adulation is not displeasing is that, though untrue, it shows one to be of consequence enough, in one way or other, to induce people to lie.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.”
  • Brigham Young
    “In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that does not displease us.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “There is something in the misfortune of our best friends which does not displease us.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Pictures and shapes are but secondary objects and please or displease only in the memory.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. desplaisir, whence F. déplaisir, displeasure; pref. des-,L. dis-,) + plaisir, to please. See Please, and cf. Displeasure


In literature:

But pastoral idleness displeased them, and, from tending their flocks, they betook themselves to the chase.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
But Magde arousing herself from her stupor, looked her guest full in the face, and there read an expression which displeased her.
"The Home in the Valley" by Emilie F. Carlén
Then her the Thunderer answer'd sore displeased.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
The idea did not displease him.
"The Ridin' Kid from Powder River" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
Still, as you had more faith in man (or woman), I would have risked even displeasing you, only Robert would not let me.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
But if I had gone into debt, or fallen short, or borrowed from anybody, mother was much displeased.
"Holiday Stories for Young People" by Various
I am grievously displeased and disappointed.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
You must have done something to displease him, Tista.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
These observations will perhaps not be displeasing to the curious.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
So God was displeased with him and them on account of their sins.
"Mother Stories from the Old Testament" by Anonymous

In poetry:

Oh that thy Charms were only fair to me,
Displease all others, and secure my Rest,
No need of Envy,—let me happy be,
I little care that others know me blest.
"Elegy XII: To Delia" by James Hammond
There was an Old Woman at Gloster,
Whose parrot two guineas it cost her;
But his tongue never ceasing,
Was vastly displeasing
To that talkative Woman of Gloster.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British
THE nephew here his precious charge resigned,
For fear the king should be displeased to find,
His daughter guarded by a youthful swain:—
The tutor only with her could remain.
"The Princess Betrothed To The King Of Garba" by Jean de La Fontaine
There was an Old Person of Chester,
Whom several small children did pester;
They threw some large stones,
Which broke most of his bones,
And displeased that Old Person of Chester.
"Limerick:There was an Old Person of Chester" by Edward Lear
Sylvia's like autumn ripe, yet mild as May,
More bright than noon, yet fresh as early day;
Ev'n spring displeases, when she shines not here;
But blest with her, 'tis spring throughout the year.
"Spring - The First Pastoral ; or Damon" by Alexander Pope
Cease, cease, my foolish babe,
What you are saying is sorrowful to me—much it displeases me;
Behold with the rest, again I say—behold not banners and pennants
But the well-prepared pavements behold—and mark the solid-wall'd
"Sing Of The Banner At Day-Break" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Displeased, he leans on his bat, right hand on his hip, and looks back at the umpire.
Nicki Minaj was displeased with the grass growing around her dressing room.
Stewart looked majorly displeased at the Snow White and the Huntsmen panel at Comic-Con July 23, 2011.
Some On Lansing Council Displeased with Mayor's Unannounced Absence .
If you do, she will be displeased, and Hedda is the classic case study of a woman who doesn't forget and doesn't forgive.
WUSA-9's Peggy Fox was there and filmed the Skeleton Santa being dismantled by a very calm yet displeased woman.
Jean gives advice to a woman who is displeased with her engagement ring .
One local farmer is displeased by how the federal government is handling the Farm Bill .
Apple customers are displeased with the company's new Maps app.
Last week, I reported that Murdoch himself was "displeased" that the Journal is free on iPhone and Blackberry and that charging would begin in the fall.
While many politicians talk around issues for fear of displeasing someone, North Collinwood's Councilman Mike Polensek calls a spade a spade —and a thug a thug.
Shootout suspect's pretrial release displeases police.
The move will be made around mid-2012, but already New Haven officials are displeased with the news.
People displeased with Barack Obama resent the poor, especially those of color.
Restrained Obama leaves many displeased.

In science:

Formation Mechanisms The planetesimal folks and the instability folks have not come to a meeting of the minds or papers, and so a hybrid mechanism (Cai et al. 2006) is sure to displease all comers.
Astrophysics in 2006
Such a result is quite displeasing and calls into question the applicability of interference alignment for time-invariant channels at non-asymptotic conditions, i.e., raises questions w.r.t. the robustness of lattice interference alignment.
Interference Alignment at Finite SNR for Time-Invariant Channels
Clearly, from an engineering perspective, the dependence of the DoF on whether the direct channel gains are rational or irrational is very displeasing.
Interference Alignment at Finite SNR for Time-Invariant Channels