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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.
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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  • But even the quality of the chants left some disenchanted.
  • He gradually became disenchanted and decided to try something new.
  • Some are disenchanted because the change they got isn't the change they wanted.
  • But firms are growing increasingly disenchanted because the process is slow and insular.
  • Although he began working on a second album, he became disenchanted and canceled the project.
  • Lower income males tend to be disenchanted with their government.
  • But he grew disenchanted with the ever-ruling party.
  • The techno-annoyed and disenchanted should note that there is no real change going on here.
  • Gordy said he decided to sell the stake in the publishing catalogue in part because he had become disenchanted with the industry.
  • Each must be disenchanted, and walk forth to the day in human shape.
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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