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To fail to obey a rule, law or command - thesaurus

Synonyms

cross a line

to go beyond accepted limits or standards of behaviour

break

verb

to fail to obey a rule or law

defy

verb

to refuse to obey someone or something

disobey

verb

to deliberately do the opposite of what someone in authority has told you to do, or deliberately not obey a rule

flout

verb

to deliberately refuse to obey a rule or custom

breach

verb

formal to break a law, rule, or agreement

contravene

verb

formal to do something that is not allowed by a rule, law, or agreement

challenge

verb

to refuse to accept someone’s authority

infringe

verb

to break a law, rule, or agreement

offend

verb

formal to break a law or rule, or to do something against your principles

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More synonyms

be a law unto yourself

to refuse to behave like everyone else, or to believe you can do whatever you want to

beat the system

to achieve what you want by breaking rules or by finding clever ways of working within them

default

verb

legal to fail to appear in a court of law when you have been ordered to

derogate from

formal to fail to act according to something as you were expected to or as you agreed

drive a coach and horses through something

to completely ignore a law or agreement and stop it being effective

jack up

Australianinformal to refuse to obey instructions

offend

verb

to commit a crime

overstep the mark

to do or say something that makes people angry because it breaks a rule or is not acceptable

revolt

verb

to say that you will not accept someone’s authority or leadership

step out of line

to break the rules, or to do something wrong

violate

verb

to do something that is in opposition to a law, agreement, principle etc

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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