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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
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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  • Arnoul, a prelate who had gone through the disillusioning experience of the Second Crusade, began the present church.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • They are a disillusioning mirror in which I see myself a million times.

    Fantazius Mallare Ben Hecht
  • I am so glad he is thin instead of fat; thinness is not nearly so disillusioning.

    The Whole Family William Dean Howells, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Mary Heaton
  • Now, it would seem on the contrary that they devote all their efforts to disillusioning us.

    Ancient Manners Pierre Louys
  • And very soon came that other sensation, so disillusioning, that all else was crowded out.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Happily, the disillusioning fog had come upon us by degrees.

  • Only a few persons showed any sympathy to sweeten for me the bitterness of such a disillusioning.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
  • When the tumult of my disillusioning was past, my mind grew clearer.

  • If he could have seen Mrs. Scott clearly, he would have recalled the disillusioning years between his wedding day and this moment.

    Basil Everman Elsie Singmaster
British Dictionary definitions for disillusioning

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 disillusioning

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.

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