Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Unpleasant, disagreeable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Unpleasing; offensive; unpleasant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Unpleasant or unpleasing; showing or giving displeasure.

Etymologies

From Old French desplaisant, present participle of desplaire ("to displease"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In 1517, angered by Maximilian's perfidy, Henry wrote him some very "displeasant" letters.

    Henry VIII.

  • But that the hearing of worldly phantasies may be to me displeasant.

    St Thomas More, Revisited

  • Nymphs, my speeches be not displeasant vnto you, and that I am not yet satis-fied in all that I haue seene, I pray you let me vnderstand this.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • But it wyll also prooue no whit displeasant, if with a lyttle patience, they restraine to glutte themselues with the walowish sweetnes of deceyueable delightes, and trye the taste of a contrarye vyand.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • And there, considering the displeasant tytle, they curse the time of their entrance into the Labirinth, which hath in it so manie sundry delights, and the end of them subiect to such myserable and ineuitable necessity.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • A worke verie auncient and past record, in a very displeasant seate.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • The last square did beare vpon it a kingly image passing well cut, his countenance displeasant and austere, in his left hand he held a scepter vp into the heauens, the aire cloudie, troublesome and stormie, and with the other hand reaching into the clouds full of haile.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • In the fourth Table, was represented the discontented & displeasant

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • She dwelt in a place very hard to come vnto, and ful of troubles to passe on the way, beeing hyndered with thorne and bryers, very rough and displeasant, a mistie clowde cast ouer it, and very hard to clymbe vp into.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • And if I had so done indeed, my Lords, as Mr. Rich hath sworn, seeing it was spoke but in familiar secret talk, nothing affirming, and only in putting of cases, without other displeasant circumstances, it cannot justly be taken to be spoken maliciously.

    Paras

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