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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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  • I perceived that he took me for a Venetian patrician of that name, but I vainly strove to disabuse him.

  • But Joseph will write to her in the meanwhile and disabuse her of this.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • You must first disabuse your mind of the American girl as you find her in books.

    The Affair at the Inn Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • It was utterly vain to attempt to disabuse her; it would only have compromised all of us.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • The colonel's attentions could have but one meaning, and it was important to disabuse his mind concerning Ben.

    The Colonel's Dream Charles W. Chesnutt
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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