Definition of disoblige in English:


Pronunciation /ˌdisəˈblīj/ /ˌdɪsəˈblaɪdʒ/

transitive verb

[with object]
  • Offend (someone) by not acting in accordance with their wishes.

    ‘one didn't disoblige them if one could help it’
    • ‘We can only suspect that the Italian institutions which felt unable to yield the Botticellis that had been requested offered these paintings instead to satisfy those who were frightened to disoblige the president of the French Senate.’
    • ‘Above all, you must strive not to disoblige those offstage figures, unsuspected by the ordinary reader.’
    • ‘She ‘married, in the common phrase, to disoblige her family, and by fixing on a Lieutenant of Marines, without education, fortune, or connections, did it very thoroughly’.’
    • ‘It's a strange thing, but when you are dreading something, and would give anything to slow down time, it has a disobliging habit of speeding up.’
    • ‘That is very disobliging of the honourable Gentleman, who was being kind to me earlier.’
    inconvenience, cause inconvenience to, bother, impose on, create difficulties for, disturb, put out, disoblige


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘release from an obligation’): from French désobliger, based on Latin obligare ‘oblige’.



/ˌdisəˈblīj/ /ˌdɪsəˈblaɪdʒ/