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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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  • He had been disillusioned concerning Mrs. Evringham and Eloise.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • But his playing seemed to her to have lost its fire and sweep; to be stale, and as if disillusioned.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • And that look he most disliked, that look of ancient wisdom, disillusioned and contemptuous, came into her eyes.

    Black Oxen Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Then men will feel distraught and disillusioned, and civilizations will fall.

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  • Bitter and disillusioned, she turned her steps towards Germany.

    Lola Montez Edmund B. d'Auvergne
British Dictionary definitions for disillusioned

disillusioned

/ˌdɪsɪˈluːʒənd/
adjective
1.
having lost one's ideals, illusions, or false ideas about someone or something; disenchanted

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 disillusioned

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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