American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To fail to satisfy; disappoint.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render discontented; displease; frustrate or come short of one's wishes or expectations.
- v. To fail to satisfy.
- v. To displease.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To render unsatisfied or discontented; to excite uneasiness in by frustrating wishes or expectations; to displease by the want of something requisite.
- v. fail to satisfy
- dis- + satisfy (Wiktionary)
“Glorifying only the highest performer will defeat or dissatisfy all of your other contributors, especially if the criteria are unclear or based on opinion.”
“Whether you've read the book or are simply a fan of Mulligan, whether you love sci-fi and how it can tackle current and timeless issues in a fresh manner or just like well-crafted adult dramas, there's something in Never Let Me Go that is sure to dissatisfy you.”
“We should empty our hearts, if its legends dissatisfy and lend a little ear to this man spelling out the interior, the temper and innate genius of nature.”
“Of course I made it clever and brilliant and all that, with my little unanswerable slings at the state and my social paradoxes, and withal made it concrete enough to dissatisfy the average citizen.”
“I had my concerns at first when she was appointed, but there's been nothing there at all to dissatisfy me.”
“Give us something else that we can dissatisfy by ...”
“This appeared to dissatisfy the young man in the dinner-jacket who seemed about to curse the Abbé but his anger took another form when he perceived me.”
“Epidem., a physician might answer to such as might find the metamorphosis indecent: Thus have I accoutred myself, not that I am proud of appearing in such a dress, but for the sake of my patient, whom alone I wholly design to please, and no wise offend or dissatisfy.”
“America; not from any absurd ideas of unconditional submission, which my mind never harboured; but from foreseeing that whatever can be proposed will be liable, not to bring America back to her attachment, but to dissatisfy this country, which so cheerfully and handsomely carries on the contest, and has a right to have the struggle continued, till convinced that it is vain.”
“The 16th number, which appeared on April 16, at a moment when the pending general elections seemed likely to be overruled by reactionaries, contained the startling declaration that if the result should thus dissatisfy the Paris people, these would manifest their will once more, by adjourning the decision of a false national representation.”
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