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[dis-uh-blahyj] /ˌdɪs əˈblaɪdʒ/
verb (used with object), disobliged, disobliging.
to refuse or neglect to oblige; act contrary to the desire or convenience of; fail to accommodate.
to give offense to; affront:
to be disobliged by a tactless remark.
to cause inconvenience to; incommode:
to be disobliged by an uninvited guest.
Origin of disoblige
1595-1605; < Middle French desobliger, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obliger to oblige
Related forms
disobligingly, adverb
disobligingness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disoblige
Historical Examples
  • 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


verb (transitive)
to disregard the desires of
to slight; insult
(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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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