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[dis-i-loo-zhuh n] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu ʒən/
verb (used with object)
to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.
a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.
Origin of disillusion
First recorded in 1590-1600; dis-1 + illusion
Related forms
disillusionment, noun
[dis-i-loo-siv] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu sɪv/ (Show IPA),
undisillusioned, adjective
1. disabuse, disenthrall, undeceive, disappoint. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She has no fear of these last, matching her wits against their appetites, paying them back cruelly in snare and disillusion.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
  • Fortunate indeed is the disillusion which does not come too late.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • But amongst the best he would have to set down love, and amongst the worst he would have to set down love's disillusion.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • I should set it up on my writing table and call it 'disillusion.'

    Gossamer George A. Birmingham
  • The book perfectly renders the disillusion, languor and sentimentality which characterise a self-centred scepticism.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol IX. Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
  • She yielded, but her husband's castle completed her disillusion.

    Border Ghost Stories Howard Pease
British Dictionary definitions for disillusion


(transitive) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of
the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for disillusion

"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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