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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 of disillusion
1590-1600
First recorded in 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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  • In "Lear," Shakespeare was intent on expressing his own disillusion and naked misery.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • His first disillusion was the house to which he was directed.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Bitterness and disillusion were all that it had brought her.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • I drink the wine of aspiration, and the drug of disillusion.

  • The shadow of disillusion crept into his bright dream and clouded it.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • She did not disillusion him; to do so she would have had to tell him that she had lied.

    The Beach of Dreams H. De Vere Stacpoole
British Dictionary definitions for disillusion

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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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