verb (used with object), dis·a·bused, dis·a·bus·ing.

to free (a person) from deception or error.

Origin of disabuse

From the French word désabuser, dating back to 1605–15. See dis-1, abuse
Related formsdis·a·bus·al, noun
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Contemporary Examples of disabuse

Historical Examples of disabuse

  • To disabuse the world of some of these, has been my object in the present little volume.

    Nuts and Nutcrackers

    Charles James Lever

  • But Joseph will write to her in the meanwhile and disabuse her of this.

    A Rent In A Cloud

    Charles James Lever

  • It was the first effort of the interpreter to disabuse me of this notion.

    To Whom This May Come

    Edward Bellamy

  • It was utterly vain to attempt to disabuse her; it would only have compromised all of us.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • It will disabuse his mind of the notion that he has any claim on me.

British Dictionary definitions for disabuse



(tr usually foll by of) to rid (oneself, another person, etc) of a mistaken or misguided idea; set right
Derived Formsdisabusal, noun
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Word Origin and History for disabuse

1610s, from dis- + abuse (v.). Related: Disabused; disabusing.

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