One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Offend (someone) by not acting in accordance with their wishes.‘one didn't disoblige them if one could help it’
inconvenience, cause inconvenience to, bother, impose on, create difficulties for, disturb, put outView synonyms
- ‘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’.’
- ‘Above all, you must strive not to disoblige those offstage figures, unsuspected by the ordinary reader.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That is very disobliging of the honourable Gentleman, who was being kind to me earlier.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘release from an obligation’): from French désobliger, based on Latin obligare ‘oblige’.
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