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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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  • By the final chapters of the fourth volume the author's disenchantment was growing.
  • disenchantment with the way fund management works, combined with excess capacity, is likely to bring a long wave of consolidation.
  • All the same, crime is far from being the only cause of white disenchantment.
  • The episode played on existing disenchantment with the foreign ministry.
  • But the action is also part of a general disenchantment across the public sector.
  • Progressive disenchantment with the potentialities of human reason has colored our view of the philosophes.
  • Since then, mainstream economists' disenchantment with the old near- certainties has continued to build, and at a gathering rate.
  • And disenchantment with commerce goes back an awfully long way.
  • Grinding is a counter-culture mindset that has origins in cyberpunk and post-modern disenchantment with progress.
British Dictionary definitions for disenchantment


a state of disappointment or disillusionment


(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 disenchantment



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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