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disoblige

[dis-uh-blahyj] /ˌdɪs əˈblaɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), disobliged, disobliging.
1.
to refuse or neglect to oblige; act contrary to the desire or convenience of; fail to accommodate.
2.
to give offense to; affront:
to be disobliged by a tactless remark.
3.
to cause inconvenience to; incommode:
to be disobliged by an uninvited guest.
Origin of disoblige
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Middle French desobliger, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obliger to oblige
Related forms
disobligingly, adverb
disobligingness, noun
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  • I forgot to tell you that Mr. Harley asked me yesterday how he came to disoblige the Archbishop of Dublin.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • He that can oblige, may disoblige—Happy for some people not to have it in their power to offend!

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Groundless doubts will not disoblige you from your duty; else men might free themselves from almost all their obedience.

  • I have nothing to say which my brother should not hear; my brother will disoblige me by withdrawing.

    The Freebooters Gustave Aimard
  • To inconvenience and disoblige so large a constituency as this may naturally produce some effect.

  • I am sure we have none of us done anything to disoblige him.

    Amelia Henry Fielding
  • He must study for occasions of procrastination, and to disoblige me, if now any thing happens to set us at variance again.

    Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • He could not disoblige his neighbours by sending them no venison.'

  • Sorry to disoblige you, Mr. Oliphant, but it would never do.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • Do not disoblige me, my master, or I should deny it—I would give you the lie, sir—my modesty is so touchy.

    The Mesmerist's Victim Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for disoblige

disoblige

/ˌdɪsəˈblaɪdʒ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to disregard the desires of
2.
to slight; insult
3.
(informal) to cause trouble or inconvenience to
Derived Forms
disobliging, adjective
disobligingly, adverb
disobligingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disoblige
v.

c.1600, "to free from obligation;" 1630s, "to refuse to oblige," from French désobliger (c.1300), from des- (see dis-) + Latin obligare (see oblige). Related: Disobliged; disobliging.

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