Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[dis-uh-bee-dee-uh nt] /ˌdɪs əˈbi di ənt/
neglecting or refusing to obey; not submitting; refractory.
Origin of disobedient
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Old French desobedient, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obedient obedient
Related forms
disobediently, adverb
insubordinate, contumacious, defiant, rebellious, unsubmissive, uncompliant.
obedient. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for disobedient
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • One whom we are commanded to love as ourselves, and who does all he knows how to make us disobedient.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Can I be ungrateful, disobedient to him who was a father to me?

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • There is strife between the Blessed and the Damned; the obedient and the disobedient.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • He whom she thought so disobedient had obeyed but too well at last.

    His Masterpiece Emile Zola
  • To disobedient ones I can assure you that we are not half so merciful.

    The Shame of Motley Raphael Sabatini
  • James was a refractory and disobedient child from the very cradle.

    An Old Sailor's Yarns Nathaniel Ames
  • Do drop it if you do not wish to drive me mad or make me disobedient.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
British Dictionary definitions for disobedient


not obedient; neglecting or refusing to obey
Derived Forms
disobediently, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for disobedient

early 15c., dysobedyent, from Old French desobedient, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientem (replacing Latin inobedientem) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientem (see obedient). Related: Disobediently. Earlier in the same sense was disobeissant (late 14c.), from Old French desobeissant, and inobedient (early 14c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for disobedient

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for disobedient

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for disobedient