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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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  • 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
  • D'Artagnan saw that he should disoblige him by again interfering.

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

    The Freebooters Gustave Aimard
  • "I am sorry to disoblige," said George, lifting his shoulders.

    Into the Highways and Hedges F. F. Montrsor (Frances Frederica)
  • And then another man's weakness may disoblige me and discharge me from my duty.

    A Christian Directory Baxter Richard
  • Frey wanted to marry her, and to disoblige him would be at their peril.

    Frey and His Wife Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I am sure we have none of us done anything to disoblige him.

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

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
  • I have no wish to touch you on a sensitive spot, or disoblige you in any way, and I will prove it.

    Cousin Betty Honore de Balzac
  • If you disoblige him he may resent your refusal, and insist upon the contract still.

    The Way of the World William Congreve
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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