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disobey

[dis-uh-bey] /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to neglect or refuse to obey.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey
Related forms
disobeyer, noun
Synonyms
defy, disregard, resist, ignore, oppose.
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  • It is vital to realise that such a summons could not be disobeyed.
  • Her father used violence to punish his children, beating them when they disobeyed him.
British Dictionary definitions for disobeyed

disobey

/ˌdɪsəˈbeɪ/
verb
1.
to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
Derived Forms
disobeyer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disobeyed

disobey

v.

late 14c., from Old French desobeir (13c.) "disobey; refuse service or homage," from Vulgar Latin *disoboedire, reformed with dis- from Late Latin inobedire, a back-formation from inobediens "not obeying," from Latin in- "not" + present participle of obedire (see obey). Related: Disobeyed; disobeying.

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