American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To refuse or fail to follow an order or rule.
- v. To refuse or fail to obey (an order or rule).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To neglect or refuse to obey; transgress or violate a command or injunction of; refuse submission to: as, children disobey their parents; men disobey the laws.
- To refuse obedience; disregard authority or command; violate rules or regulations.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Not to obey; to neglect or refuse to obey (a superior or his commands, the laws, etc.); to transgress the commands of (one in authority); to violate, as an order
- v. To refuse or neglect to obey; to violate commands; to be disobedient.
- v. refuse to go along with; refuse to follow; be disobedient
- Middle English disobeien, from Old French desobeir, from Vulgar Latin *disobedīre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin oboedīre, to obey; see obey. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I agree that humans have the freedom to accept or reject God but freedom to disobey is not the same as freedom to judge.”
“Christ, and that to disobey is to be far from Him.”
“So it is simply obey/disobey which is different from making a moral judgement.”
“Thus natural standards of temper and conduct are seen to exist, below which men may not live without loss, and hence there are natural laws to disobey which is sin.”
“laid on the heart" is so clear and powerful that to disobey is to disobey the voice of God.”
“By the power and might of the great God, and through the grace which he vouchsafes to our empire, be the name of the Khan blessed; and let all such as disobey (what is herein directed) suffer death and be utterly destroyed.”
“We drew our battle-axes at the same instant, and rushed at each other, but before either had an opportunity to strike, the pipe was thrust between us, compelling us to desist, to disobey which is instant death.”
“He promised to "disobey" orders to deploy and acknowledge he was "inviting" court martial.”
“The question is not: Do children frequently "disobey" their parents?”
“He then had to spell "disobey" for the grand prize of a Scrabble game, an oversized bee, and a medallion.”
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