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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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  • disillusionment with that decision led many evangelicals to withdraw from direct engagement in politics.
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  • Years of political mudslinging between the big parties have brought disillusionment and apathy.
  • But over-reporting an advance that could still fall short makes another disillusionment more likely.
  • Low morale and disillusionment with the centre-right government will confuse the vote.
  • Property is not yet the subject of such disillusionment.
  • disillusionment with the political system runs high.
British Dictionary definitions for disillusionment

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 disillusionment
n.

1856, from disillusion + -ment.

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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