[ dis-uh-byooz ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈbyuz /

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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British Dictionary definitions for disabuse


/ (ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz) /


(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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