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[dis-uh-byooz] /ˌdɪs əˈbyuz/
verb (used with object), disabused, disabusing.
to free (a person) from deception or error.
Origin of disabuse
From the French word désabuser, dating back to 1605-15. See dis-1, abuse
Related forms
disabusal, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for disabuse
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  • To disabuse the world of some of these, has been my object in the present little volume.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers Charles James Lever
  • But Joseph will write to her in the meanwhile and disabuse her of this.

    A Rent In A Cloud Charles James Lever
  • It was the first effort of the interpreter to disabuse me of this notion.

    To Whom This May Come Edward Bellamy
  • It was utterly vain to attempt to disabuse her; it would only have compromised all of us.

    Tancred Benjamin Disraeli
  • It will disabuse his mind of the notion that he has any claim on me.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots

    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for disabuse


(transitive) usually foll by of. to rid (oneself, another person, etc) of a mistaken or misguided idea; set right
Derived Forms
disabusal, noun
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Word Origin and History for disabuse

1610s, from dis- + abuse (v.). Related: Disabused; disabusing.

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