verb (used with or without object)
Origin of disobey
Examples from the Web for disobey
These members vow to protect the constitution but also to disobey any governmental orders that they deem “unconstitutional.”
They never wanted to provoke, disobey, or be activists of any sort.
“I managed to disobey, and fortunately the officers got distracted,” he adds.
They are badly paid, badly trained, and threatened with early retirement or a court-martial if they disobey orders, says Mahfouz.Corrupt and Brutal, Egypt’s Police Fight for Their Survival|Ursula Lindsey|November 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
"I must not disobey mama," Clare murmured, without looking up from the nest her cheek had made on his bosom.The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete|George Meredith
God has given human freedom to all men; He has told us what we should do, but He has left us free to obey or to disobey.With the Children on Sunday|Sylvanus Stall
All this is very flattering, but he is held to his work by a choragos whose orders he dare not disobey.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
"Claudia, Claudia, you are very naughty to disobey your aunt," said the gentleman gravely.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
But the stern upholder of the law did not feel that he had the right to disobey the instructions of his father.Complete Short Works|Georg Ebers
British Dictionary definitions for disobey
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.