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verb (used with object), dis·o·bliged, dis·o·blig·ing.
  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.
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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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Examples from the Web for disobliged

Historical Examples

  • The man was sorry to have disobliged him, and would carry it back again.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • If he will give up his lease, he may be disobliged from the rent and service.

  • Wyndham declined to serve under Hopton, who had "disobliged" him.

  • My own relations I had disobliged, by marrying the daughter of a tradesman.

    The Sylph, Volume I and II

    Georgiana Cavendish

  • I have nothing,—but to remain here and know that I have disobliged all those that love me.

    The American Senator

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for disobliged


verb (tr)
  1. to disregard the desires of
  2. to slight; insult
  3. informal to cause trouble or inconvenience to
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Derived Formsdisobliging, adjectivedisobligingly, adverbdisobligingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for disobliged



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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