[ dis-uh-blahyj ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈblaɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), dis·o·bliged, dis·o·blig·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. disneyfy,
  2. disneyland,
  3. disobedience,
  4. disobedient,
  5. disobey,
  6. disodium,
  7. disodium phosphate,
  8. disomic,
  9. disoperation,
  10. disopyramide

Origin of disoblige

1595–1605; < Middle French desobliger, equivalent to des- dis-1 + obliger to oblige

Related formsdis·o·blig·ing·ly, adverbdis·o·blig·ing·ness, noun

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/ (ˌdɪsəˈblaɪdʒ) /

verb (tr)

to disregard the desires of
to slight; insult
informal to cause trouble or inconvenience to
Derived Formsdisobliging, adjectivedisobligingly, adverbdisobligingness, 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.

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