from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To refuse or neglect to act in accord with the wishes of.
  • transitive v. To inconvenience.
  • transitive v. To give offense to; affront.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Not to oblige; to disappoint, to inconvenience, not to cooperate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To release from obligation.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. ignore someone's wishes
  • v. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to


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  • On the other hand, Talleyrand was a dangerous man to disoblige.

    The Mistaken Wife

  • 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.

    The Red Queen

  • 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.

    The Lining of the Patch-Work Screen

  • 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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