act contrary

See: disoblige
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And you have to understand this, that a prince, especially a new one, cannot observe all those things for which men are esteemed, being often forced, in order to maintain the state, to act contrary to fidelity,[*] friendship, humanity, and religion.
Generally they mean only that they will do as they choose, in the confidence that no one will know their vagaries; and at the utmost only that they are willing to act contrary to the opinion of the majority because they are supported by the approval of their neighbours.
Consider, my friend," answered the other; "I know you are a man of honour, and would advise no one to act contrary to its rules; if there were no other objection, can I, after this publication of her disgrace, think of such an alliance with honour?
Their way of life also is not consistent with the manners of the city, for it is too indulgent; whereas that of others is too severe; so that they cannot support it, but are obliged privately to act contrary to law, that they may enjoy some of the pleasures of sense.
And then I asked him `Do you think, to such a degree that it will urge him to act contrary to the designs of his eminence?
Who would think that she would act contrary to her father's wish to sleep in the drawing-room?
Yer see," said Sam, "yer see, Andy, if any such thing should happen as that Mas'r Haley's horse should begin to act contrary, and cut up, you and I jist lets go of our'n to help him, and we'll help him--oh yes
Criticism of him would have more validity if it had been at the time and not later when he started to act contrary what he was deemed not so reliable.
In a statement, EPCR said it followed "an act contrary to good sportsmanship in the 43rd minute in that he (Huget) deliberately feigned an injury in contravention of Law 10.
Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani strongly condemned the terrorist appalling attack targeted a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, resulting in the killing and wounding of hundreds of innocent children and unarmed teachers, calling it as a coward criminal act contrary to all religious and ethical values and principles.
April) because all compulsory regulations force people to act contrary to their nature.
Barry Jones, 41, and Michelle King, 29, both of Jameson Street, Blackpool, were charged with causing or allowing the death of a child by means of an unlawful act contrary to Section 5 of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004.