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[dis-en-chant, -chahnt] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to rid of or free from enchantment, illusion, credulity, etc.; disillusion:
The harshness of everyday reality disenchanted him of his idealistic hopes.
Origin of disenchant
1580-90; < Middle French desenchanter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + enchanter to enchant
Related forms
disenchanter, noun
disenchanting, adjective
disenchantingly, adverb
disenchantment, noun Unabridged
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  • A lonely, disenchanted woman, without any ties or hold on life, she found herself now on the verge of forty.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
  • The most marvellous powers are to be disenchanted from vibrations as yet inaudible.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • He wondered who she was, and how she looked, and was humiliated to reflect how disenchanted she would be if she could see him.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Each must be disenchanted, and walk forth to the day in human shape.

  • I calmed myself by saying that this strong impression was due to novelty, and by hoping that I should soon be disenchanted.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
British Dictionary definitions for disenchanted


disappointed or disillusioned


(transitive; when passive, foll by with or by) to make disappointed or disillusioned: she is disenchanted with the marriage
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Word Origin and History for disenchanted



1580s, from Middle French desenchanter (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + enchanter "to enchant" (see enchant). Related: Disenchanted; disenchanting; disenchantment. Carlyle coined disenchantress (1831).

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