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[dis-uh-bey] /ˌdɪs əˈbeɪ/
verb (used with or without object)
to neglect or refuse to obey.
Origin of disobey
1350-1400; Middle English disobeien < Old French desobeir, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obeir to obey
Related forms
disobeyer, noun
defy, disregard, resist, ignore, oppose. Unabridged
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  • It pains me to disobey you, madam, but you force me into the alternative, and I have no choice.

    A Woman at Bay Nicholas Carter
  • It seemed to him the call of duty, and that call, as he understood it,157 was one which it was not in him to disobey.

    America First Various
  • Euen so agreing with Agrippa, if the Members grudge, and disobey against their chiefe, the state must grow to ruine.

    The Palace of Pleasure William Painter
  • Boys soon know when they can disobey a teacher with impunity.

  • Thus were they assembled within the palace of Jove: nor did Neptune disobey the goddess, but he came to them from the sea.

  • We have no right at all to disobey the rules of hygiene just because we happen to feel like it.

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for disobey


to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
Derived Forms
disobeyer, noun
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Word Origin and History for disobey

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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