- to neglect or refuse to obey.
Origin of disobey
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Examples from the Web for disobey
These members vow to protect the constitution but also to disobey any governmental orders that they deem “unconstitutional.”Oath Keepers: Bring On the Collapse!
October 15, 2013
They never wanted to provoke, disobey, or be activists of any sort.Women Of The Wall, Sarah Silverman-Style
February 13, 2013
“I managed to disobey, and fortunately the officers got distracted,” he adds.Syrian Army Accused of Vicious, Systematic Rape
August 13, 2012
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
November 22, 2011
It is ever thus, when we disobey the gods, to please mortals.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
You do not know him; but I can tell you he is not a man to disobey as I have disobeyed him.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But we insisted, especially Fenton; and he is difficult to disobey.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
He no more dared to disobey him than he could have disobeyed the head-master.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
"Disobey those orders and take in my card," said the Princess.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
- to neglect or refuse to obey (someone, an order, etc)
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.