American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To refuse or neglect to act in accord with the wishes of.
- v. To inconvenience.
- v. To give offense to; affront.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To refuse or neglect to oblige; act contrary to the desire or convenience of; fail to accommodate.
- To incommode; put to inconvenience.
- To release from obligation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To do an act which contravenes the will or desires of; to offend by an act of unkindness or incivility; to displease; to refrain from obliging; to be unaccommodating to.
- v. obsolete To release from obligation.
- v. ignore someone's wishes
- v. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
“On the other hand, Talleyrand was a dangerous man to disoblige.”
“We are to leave early in the morning, to catch as much as we can of the short winter daylight, and I have to be ready and waiting in the stable yard so as not to disoblige my new family and my silent husband-to-be.”
“Innocence; for we had never study'd the Documents of Complaisance, nor knew we how to flatter any Body's Fancy, and disoblige our own.”
“Places they are more stupendious, yet not so as to disoblige the Eye with any rude Assent, or disagreeable Sterility; for they are well garnish'd with Intervals of Woods, Corn, and some Pasturage.”
“Misfortunes, nor the Scorns of your Family: I will not cause you to disoblige the best of Fathers, nor myself become the Odium of Mankind.”
“Mandlebert – to resist his advice – to take the very measures I have promised to forbear – to disoblige, to slight, to behave to him even offensively! my uncle himself, lenient, kind, indulgent as he is, my uncle himself has been prevailed with to inflict upon me this terrible injunction. ”
“Not caring to disoblige him, he then, without speaking, slowly and unwillingly moved forwards.”
“We will suppose, that his Thoughts met with great Obstacles on the other side, to think how he should ruine a vertuous young Gentlewoman, expose the Child he had by her arm all her Relations with Revenge, and disoblige his own Family.”
“But though I hope I shall never forget myself so as to be proud and impertinent, I will rather struggle with any hardship than beg, for I will not disoblige my poor brother by any fault that I can help, especially now he is fallen so low.”
“The deed contained a provision, however, that gave Elizabeth some say in the final distribution of the property, for John stipulated that the daughters would inherit only if they were "dutyful to their mother"; "if they should disoblige their mother," he declared, "then she is at liberty to leave the said estate and Plantations to whom she shall think proper.”
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