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[dis-i-loo-zhuh n] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu ʒən/
verb (used with object)
to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.
a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.
Origin of disillusion
1590-1600; dis-1 + illusion
Related forms
disillusionment, noun
[dis-i-loo-siv] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
undisillusioned, adjective
1. disabuse, disenthrall, undeceive, disappoint. Unabridged
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  • She has no fear of these last, matching her wits against their appetites, paying them back cruelly in snare and disillusion.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • In "Lear," Shakespeare was intent on expressing his own disillusion and naked misery.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • But amongst the best he would have to set down love, and amongst the worst he would have to set down love's disillusion.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • His first disillusion was the house to which he was directed.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • The book perfectly renders the disillusion, languor and sentimentality which characterise a self-centred scepticism.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • I drink the wine of aspiration, and the drug of disillusion.

British Dictionary definitions for disillusion


(transitive) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of
the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned
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Word Origin and History for disillusion

"to free or be freed from illusion," 1855, from a noun meaning "act of freeing from illusion" (1814); see dis- + illusion. Related: Disillusioned; disillusioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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