c. 1400, from Old French desobedience, from Vulgar Latin *disobedientia (replacing Latin inobedientia) from Latin dis- (see dis-) + obedientia (see obedience). The English word replaced earlier desobeissance in this sense, and inobedience (c. 1200).
1. Civil disobedience, violent or non-violent, is intentional law breaking.
2. This form of civil disobedience isn't a particularly new phenomenon.
3. The opposition threatened a campaign of civil disobedience.
4. His behaviour was seen as another act of disobedience.