Oblige vs Bully - What's the difference?

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Oblige is a related term of bully.

As verbs the difference between oblige and bully

is that oblige is while bully is to intimidate (someone) as a bully.

As a noun bully is

a person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.

As an adjective bully is

(us|slang) very good; excellent.

As an interjection bully is

(often|followed by for) well done!.




  • To constrain someone by force or by social, moral or legal means.
  • I am obliged to report to the police station every week.
    {{quote-Fanny Hill, part=3 , Tho' he was some time awake before me, yet did he not offer to disturb a repose he had given me so much occasion for; but on my first stirring, which was not till past ten o'clock, I was oblig'd to endure one more trial of his manhood.}}
  • To do someone a service or favour (hence, originally, creating an obligation).
  • He obliged me by not parking his car in the drive.
  • *
  • To be indebted to someone.
  • I am obliged to you for your recent help.
  • To do a service or favour.
  • The singer obliged with another song.

    Derived terms

    * disoblige

    Usage notes

    "Obliged" has largely replaced "obligate"; the latter being more common in the the 17th through 19th centuries.The New Fowler’s Modern English Usage (1996)





    (wikipedia bully)


  • A person who is cruel to others, especially those who are weaker or have less power.
  • A playground bully pushed a girl off the swing.
    I noticed you being a bully towards people with disabilities.
  • A noisy, blustering fellow, more insolent than courageous; one who is threatening and quarrelsome; an insolent, tyrannical fellow.
  • * Palmerston
  • Bullies seldom execute the threats they deal in.
  • A hired thug.
  • A prostitute’s minder; a pimp.
  • (uncountable) Bully beef.
  • (obsolete) A brisk, dashing fellow.
  • "Bully Bottom" from A Midsummer Night's Dream, III, i, 6.
  • The small scrum in the Eton College field game.
  • A small freshwater fish.
  • Synonyms

    * (hired thug) henchman, thug * (pimp) pimp, ponce


  • To intimidate (someone) as a bully.
  • You shouldn't bully people for being gay.
  • To act aggressively towards.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=January 15 , author=Sam Sheringham , title=Chelsea 2 -03 Blackburn Rovers , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Potters know their strengths and played to them perfectly here, out-muscling Bolton in midfield and bullying the visitors' back-line at every opportunity. }}


    * (intimidate) browbeat, hector, intimidate, ride roughshod over * (act aggressively toward) push around, ride roughshod over


  • (US, slang) Very good; excellent.
  • a bully horse
  • (slang) Jovial and blustering; dashing.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Bless thee, bully doctor.


    * (excellent) excellent, marvellous/marvelous, splendid, super, superb, top-notch

    Derived terms

    * bully boy * bully pulpit


    (en interjection)
  • (often, followed by for) Well done!
  • She's finally leaving her abusive husband — bully for her!


    * bravo, well done, see also .