Oblige vs Obedience - What's the difference?

oblige | obedience |


As a verb oblige

is .

As a noun obedience is

persuasion; allegiance.

oblige

English

Verb

(oblig)
  • 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)

    Anagrams

    *

    obedience

    Alternative forms

    * , (l) (qualifier)

    Noun

    (-)
  • The quality of being obedient.
  • Obedience is essential in any army.
  • * 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VIII
  • Cautioning Nobs to silence, and he had learned many lessons in the value of obedience since we had entered Caspak, I slunk forward, taking advantage of whatever cover I could find...

    Synonyms

    * submission

    Antonyms

    * disobedience, defiance, rebellion (ignoring ) * violation (ignoring, especially rules ) * control, dominance (ruling )