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dispel

[dih-spel] /dɪˈspɛl/
verb (used with object), dispelled, dispelling.
1.
to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate:
to dispel the dense fog.
2.
to cause to vanish; alleviate:
to dispel her fears.
Origin of dispel
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin dispellere to drive asunder, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + pellere to drive
Related forms
dispellable, adjective
dispeller, noun
undispellable, adjective
undispelled, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. See scatter.
Antonyms
1. gather.
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  • Nor does he give any reason, as that the moon was shining, or that some artificial light was present to dispel the darkness.

  • Whatever we do, we cannot dispel the darkness by a frenzied denunciation of war.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • dispel gloominess from your forehead: the modest man generally carries the look of a sullen one; the reserved, of a churl.

  • It told her of the existence of proofs that must dispel all doubt.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • Why not make permanent a state of mind of the public which does so much to dispel the danger of a bloody revolution?

    H. R. Edwin Lefevre
British Dictionary definitions for dispel

dispel

/dɪˈspɛl/
verb -pels, -pelling, -pelled
1.
(transitive) to disperse or drive away
Derived Forms
dispeller, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dispellere, from dis-1 + pellere to drive
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Word Origin and History for dispel
v.

c.1400, dispelen, from Latin dispellere "drive apart," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + pellere "to drive, push" (see pulse (n.1)). Since the meaning is "to drive away in different directions" it should not have as an object a single, indivisible thing (you can dispel suspicion, but not an accusation). Related: Dispelled; dispelling.

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