- Make (someone) feel annoyed or upset: the tone of the letter displeased him (as adjective displeasing) it was not entirely displeasing to be the centre of such a dramaMore example sentences
annoy, irritate, infuriate, incense, anger, irk, vex, provoke, pique, peeve, gall, nettle, exasperate, madden; dissatisfy, disgruntle, dismay, put out, affront, offend, insult, mortify, outrage, scandalize, disgust; bother, trouble, upset, perturb, disturb, discomposeBritish • informal nark, wind up, get at• vulgar slang piss off
- Everything I did seemed to annoy and displease him.
- There are some indications, as well, that Bruce is anxious to avoid displeasing her conservative audience.
- Under this view, slavery is wrong, but not because slavery is an ‘unnatural’ human social position or because slavery displeases God.
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- ‘Nobody is going in the river,’ Bane looked at both of them displeasingly, ‘I am Bane, mercenary, the young man here is Silas Avon, archer, and you are?’
- Somehow, because they never lost sight of core aesthetic principles that began with their dark self-titled debut in 1984, their borrowing never seemed displeasingly imperialistic or slanted toward cultural tourism.
- Jasmine kicked a discarded camera cartridge along the sidewalk as she trudged down a street of displeasingly samey motels. ‘Bloody tourists.’
late Middle English: from Old French desplaisir, from des- (expressing reversal) + plaisir 'to please', from Latin placere.