Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To fail to satisfy; disappoint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fail to satisfy.
  • v. To displease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To render unsatisfied or discontented; to excite uneasiness in by frustrating wishes or expectations; to displease by the want of something requisite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To render discontented; displease; frustrate or come short of one's wishes or expectations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fail to satisfy

Etymologies

dis- +‎ satisfy (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Glorifying only the highest performer will defeat or dissatisfy all of your other contributors, especially if the criteria are unclear or based on opinion.

    Make Yourself Unforgettable

  • 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.

    Michael Giltz: Toronto Film Fest Days 1 And 2: Midnight Madness

  • 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.

    the leisure to walk about sweetly

  • 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.

    Local Color

  • I had my concerns at first when she was appointed, but there's been nothing there at all to dissatisfy me.

    Making Light: The New York Times gives Harold Ford, Jr. enough rope

  • Give us something else that we can dissatisfy by ...

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2008

  • 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.

    Time Regained

  • 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.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • 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 History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. From George III. to Victoria

  • 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.

    Famous Women: George Sand

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