So Obama and the Democrats should spend part of next week dispelling the five myths that have the potential to singe.
Later, in a statement, he added, “The White House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns of these citizens.”
So just how lucrative—and widespread—is the business of attending meetings and dispelling wisdom?
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.