- 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 dispelled
But at least the illusion of a short-cut to individual and national wealth has been dispelled.Two Decades of Prosperity: Gone
June 11, 2012
I've changed my mind about same-sex marriage as experience has dispelled my fears of the harms from same-sex marriage.Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?
February 6, 2012
But Saif dispelled the myth that his fingers had been cut off in revenge.In His First Interview, Saif al-Islam Says He Has Not Been Given Access to a Lawyer
December 30, 2011
But, Gazzaniga argues, neuroscience has dispelled the myth of such a self, of such a “you.”'Free Will Debate: Who’s in Charge?' by Michael Gazzaniga (review)
November 19, 2011
Further, as evidenced by the Toscano shocker, the curse on Idol's women has been far from dispelled.The American Idol Implosion
April 12, 2011
Just a tiny little ray of sunshine had dispelled all the gloom for a minute.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The coming of daylight dispelled his fears but increased his loneliness.White Fang
A sudden discharge of shot from the savages in ambush, dispelled that hope.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
The last doubts were then dispelled; the attack was coming from the east.
Had Olivier and his father the least suspicion, it would have been dispelled at once by this testimony.Therese Raquin
- (tr) to disperse or drive away
Word Origin and History for dispelled
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.