Definition of disoblige in English:



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

    ‘one didn't disoblige them if one could help it’
    • ‘Above all, you must strive not to disoblige those offstage figures, unsuspected by the ordinary reader.’
    • ‘That is very disobliging of the honourable Gentleman, who was being kind to me earlier.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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