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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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  • Their faith in themselves is only a disillusionment with mankind.

    Robert Browning G. K. Chesterton
  • She braced herself to restrain a wail of sorrow if she saw his disillusionment.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Perhaps I have been too often behind the scenes and must pay the penalty of disillusionment.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • When the disillusionment comes, as it surely will, real progress may come.

  • There is the unhappy life situation,—the mistaken marriage, the disillusionment of betrayed love, the dashing of parental pride.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
British Dictionary definitions for disillusionment

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 disillusionment
n.

1856, from disillusion + -ment.

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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