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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
  • 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


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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