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disillusion

[dis-i-loo-zhuh n] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu ʒən/
verb (used with object)
1.
to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.
noun
2.
a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.
Origin of disillusion
1590-1600
1590-1600; dis-1 + illusion
Related forms
disillusionment, noun
disillusive
[dis-i-loo-siv] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
adjective
undisillusioned, adjective
Synonyms
1. disabuse, disenthrall, undeceive, disappoint.
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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.

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  • Fortunate indeed is the disillusion which does not come too late.

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  • 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
  • I should set it up on my writing table and call it 'disillusion.'

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • 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
  • She yielded, but her husband's castle completed her disillusion.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
British Dictionary definitions for disillusion

disillusion

/ˌdɪsɪˈluːʒən/
verb
1.
(transitive) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of
noun
2.
the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned
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Word Origin and History for disillusion
v.

"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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