disoblige

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disoblige ignore someone's wishes
    • v disoblige to cause inconvenience or discomfort to "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disoblige To do an act which contravenes the will or desires of; to offend by an act of unkindness or incivility; to displease; to refrain from obliging; to be unaccommodating to. "Those . . . who slight and disoblige their friends, shall infallibly come to know the value of them by having none when they shall most need them.""My plan has given offense to some gentlemen, whom it would not be very safe to disoblige ."
    • Disoblige To release from obligation. "Absolving and disobliging from a more general command for some just and reasonable cause."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disoblige To refuse or neglect to oblige; act contrary to the desire or convenience of; fail to accommodate.
    • disoblige To incommode; put to inconvenience.
    • disoblige To release from obligation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disoblige dis-o-blīj′ to offend by an act of unkindness or incivility: to do something against the wishes of another: to injure slightly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + oblige,: cf. F. désobliger,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. desobliger, des (= L. dis), neg., obliger, to oblige.

Usage

In literature:

I did not want to disoblige my friends.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
Here she took upon her to be his wife, and said that they were privately married for fear of disobliging his relations.
"Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences" by Arthur L. Hayward
They were all so calm and businesslike that it would have seemed disobliging and absurd to make difficulties.
"The Indiscretion of the Duchess" by Anthony Hope
A man cannot bear to be called stingy or disobliging.
"Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before" by George Turner
I might not disoblige my friend.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
He, who made this, observed what farces hit, And durst not disoblige you now with wit.
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
I told her I didn't like to disoblige, but I couldn't see my way clear to get along without Martha.
"The Last of the Peterkins" by Lucretia P. Hale
They did not disoblige any one.
"Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein" by Gertrude Stein
Who was he, to disoblige you!
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
It is comfortable to be of no consequence in a world where one cannot exercise any without disobliging somebody.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
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In poetry:

Whenever he was asked to breast the bar
He’d answer, with a touch of condescension:
“I much regret to disoblige so far
As to decline your delicate attention.
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake