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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
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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  • To see a poet near at hand, to see him in his own home, is generally matter for disillusion.
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  • Artificial intelligence has gone through these cycles of optimism and hype followed by disillusion and collapse.
  • There is less disillusion here than continuing rage.
  • But by then the voters were showing signs of disillusion with the failure of the reformers to bring about change.
  • Illusion is the currency of our culture: disillusion is its inflation.
  • But relief is already being followed by disillusion.
  • disillusion destroys the rapture of the introductory scene.
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  • Work starts, but political pressure causes the specification to change, so costs spiral and disillusion grows.
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.

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