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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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  • Spy fiction falls into two categories: the preposterous and the disillusioned.
  • Fortunately for my academic career, he became increasingly disillusioned with the scholarly life and left to pursue other work.
  • disillusioned investors have turned from shares to housing.
  • Perhaps being beat to the punch on whoopie pies left them disillusioned.
  • Or the corporate accounting scandals that have left some workers disillusioned.
  • If you're a disillusioned failure, everyone who reads your comment should know that you're a disillusioned failure.
  • It is a celebratory work, written by someone who has become disillusioned by what is going on today.
  • Keith said he wrote the song with a collaborator because he was disillusioned.
  • Those who put their faith in scientists will be sadly disillusioned.
  • Rightly or wrongly, they have become disillusioned with him.
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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