- to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog.
- to cause to vanish; alleviate: to dispel her fears.
Origin of dispel
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Examples from the Web for dispel
The police themselves do little to dispel or discourage this lionized portrayal.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk
November 28, 2014
He does, however, attempt to dispel some of the myths that have emerged from hearsay and rumor over the last century.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
Swiss leaders also dispel the “slippery slope” idea by repeatedly rejecting substantial minimum wage increases.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage
November 6, 2014
But one look at the film is enough to dispel all notions of Svengali.The Legend With The Look: Remembering Lauren Bacall
August 13, 2014
There is no questioning their fellowship and effort to dispel misplaced preconceptions.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
But the lapse of a few months will confirm or dispel their fears.
Whatever we do, we cannot dispel the darkness by a frenzied denunciation of war.
The force of an idea is threatening to dispel the force of arms.
I prayed and prayed, and prayed again to my god to dispel your work.Things as They Are
It told her of the existence of proofs that must dispel all doubt.The Sea-Hawk
- (tr) to disperse or drive away
Word Origin and History for dispel
c.1400, dispelen, from Latin dispellere "drive apart," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + pellere "to drive, push" (see pulse (n.1)). Since the meaning is "to drive away in different directions" it should not have as an object a single, indivisible thing (you can dispel suspicion, but not an accusation). Related: Dispelled; dispelling.