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[dis-uh-byooz] /ˌdɪs əˈbyuz/
verb (used with object), disabused, disabusing.
to free (a person) from deception or error.
Origin of disabuse
1605-15; < French désabuser. See dis-1, abuse
Related forms
disabusal, noun Unabridged
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  • disabuse yourself especially of the belief that any grace or flow of style can come from writing rapidly.
  • No one in my family could disabuse me of that belief.
  • It is the function of elders to disabuse the children of their foolishness, while showing them the riches of the better choices.
  • But a look at history should disabuse investors of that notion.
  • Let s disabuse our mind of the authorities and listen once in the while to the crackpots.
  • There is always, of course, something waiting for me mere moments into the day's ride to disabuse me of that vision.
  • In fairness, the band doesn't exactly try to disabuse us of that notion, admirably so.
  • If you ever have the tendency to think that the camera makes the photographer, he will quickly disabuse you of that notion.
  • Goldman was under no obligation to disabuse them of their opinions.
  • Before you suggest others learn history, you might take some steps to disabuse yourself of your own drooling ignorance.
British Dictionary definitions for disabuse


(transitive) usually foll by of. to rid (oneself, another person, etc) of a mistaken or misguided idea; set right
Derived Forms
disabusal, noun
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Word Origin and History for disabuse

1610s, from dis- + abuse (v.). Related: Disabused; disabusing.

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