- 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 dispelling
Nadler subverts the potentially familiar plot once again, dispelling with a penstroke the possibilities for star-crossed love.When Surprise Endings Work: Stuart Nadler’s ‘Wise Men’
February 13, 2013
So Obama and the Democrats should spend part of next week dispelling the five myths that have the potential to singe.The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama
September 2, 2012
Later, in a statement, he added, “The White House has not done a very good job of dispelling the concerns of these citizens.”Harry Reid Is Vilified by a Press Corps That Tolerates Much Worse From the Right
August 7, 2012
So just how lucrative—and widespread—is the business of attending meetings and dispelling wisdom?The 30 Top-Earning Corporate Board Members
The Daily Beast
November 16, 2010
The dispelling of the charm was just the natural physical action of the herb.Storyology
Dispelling a shadow of irritation that has crossed her face.Theft
He talked on convincingly, dispelling all hesitation by words and gesture.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
The sunshine brightened instead of dispelling these effects.Northern Travel
He had only given himself fits of despondency for the pleasure of dispelling them.When a Man's Single
J. M. Barrie
- (tr) to disperse or drive away
Word Origin and History for dispelling
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.