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[dis-en-chant, -chahnt] /ˌdɪs ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt/
verb (used with object)
to rid of or free from enchantment, illusion, credulity, etc.; disillusion:
The harshness of everyday reality disenchanted him of his idealistic hopes.
Origin of disenchant
1580-90; < Middle French desenchanter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + enchanter to enchant
Related forms
disenchanter, noun
disenchanting, adjective
disenchantingly, adverb
disenchantment, noun Unabridged
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  • "Nowadays we get it all through the winter," said the Baron with a gesture of disenchantment.

  • Disappointment and disenchantment were falling on John Storm at every step.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • The age of ten is the age of disenchantment—for those of us who can take a hint.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • They are its victims: the victims of disgust, of disenchantment—often of remorse.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I conclude the disenchantment will arrive only too early at last.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for disenchantment


a state of disappointment or disillusionment


(transitive; when passive, foll by with or by) to make disappointed or disillusioned: she is disenchanted with the marriage
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Word Origin and History for disenchantment



1580s, from Middle French desenchanter (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + enchanter "to enchant" (see enchant). Related: Disenchanted; disenchanting; disenchantment. Carlyle coined disenchantress (1831).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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