(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. defy, resist, rebel, balk, decline, neglect, set aside, desert, be remiss, ignore the commands of, refuse submission to, disagree, oppose, contravene, refuse to support, evade, disregard the authority of, break rules, flout, object, revolt, strike, mutiny, riot, violate, infringe, transgress, shirk, misbehave, not heed, not mind, not listen to, pay no attention to, counteract, take the law into one's own hands, kick over the traces, hurl defiance at, go counter to, worm one's way out of, run riot, fly in the face of, thumb one's nose at, get out of line, answer to no man; see also dare 2 , oppose 1 , rebel 1 .
Ant. obey*, follow, fulfill.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
defy, rebel, revolt, reject, transgress, oppose, flout, contradict, *thumb one's nose at, disregard, overstep, resist.
ANT.: obey, comply, *knuckle under, abide by
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To refuse or fail to obey: break, defy, flout, transgress, violate. Idiom: pay no attention to. See RESIST.

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  • Disobey — Dis o*bey , v. i. To refuse or neglect to obey; to violate commands; to be disobedient. [1913 Webster] He durst not know how to disobey. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • disobey — [v] disregard rules; refuse to conform balk, be remiss, break rules, contravene, counteract, dare, decline, defy, desert, differ, disagree, evade, flout, fly in face of*, go counter to, ignore, infringe, insurrect, misbehave, mutiny, neglect, not …   New thesaurus

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