disobedience disobedience  /ˌdɪs ə ˈbi di əns/


  1. (n) the failure to obey
  2. (n) the trait of being unwilling to obey


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  1. Those lawyers who condone civil disobedience do so on very narrow grounds.
  2. Activists turn to civil disobedience to thwart new power plants.
  3. After all, it was Burma's monks who spearheaded acts of civil disobedience against British colonialists.


  1. G8 Protests Target London Banking Center

    Activists plan a show of "civil disobedience" in London's Canary Wharf on Friday to protest against capitalism.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: CNBC

  2. Anti-G8 protests aim for London's Canary Wharf banking district

    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Activists plan a show of "civil disobedience" in the heart of London's Canary Wharf financial district on Friday to protest against capitalism ahead of next week's G8 summit which Britain is hosting. Environmentalists, poverty campaigners and opponents of the British government's austerity measures will join under the banner "They Owe Us" in a demonstration ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Edward Snowden a model for modern civil disobedience, but will we listen? (Column)

    Edward Snowden soon will be prosecuted by federal authorities for disclosing top secret Government surveillance programs. While he styles himself a whistleblower, he is really something far more radical: He represents a new — and in my view, welcome — version of civil disobedience. He’s the calm before the storm.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Middletown Press


  1. "Football should be exemplary, but instead it has become a symptom of everything that is wrong in France: the lack of respect pupils have towards their teachers, contempt for authority, civil disobedience," Finkielkraut said on French radio.
    on Jun 21, 2010 By: Alain Finkielkraut Source: The Associated Press

  2. Kilpatrick told the crowd: "I'm not being whupped by the devil, I am being punished by my God. I know that my disobedience put me in the situation I am in."
    on Apr 19, 2008 By: Kwame Kilpatrick Source: MLive.com

  3. The conservative columnist Robert Novak wrote in the Washington Post on Monday that this "reflected disobedience to Benedict by the archbishops of New York and Washington" and did not indicate any softening of the pope's anti-abortion position.
    on Apr 29, 2008 By: Cardinal Edward Egan Source: Reuters

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