disabuse

[ dis-uh-byooz ]
/ ˌdɪs əˈbyuz /

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

to free (a person) from deception or error.

Nearby words

  1. disabled,
  2. disabled list,
  3. disablement,
  4. disablement benefit,
  5. disablism,
  6. disaccharidase,
  7. disaccharide,
  8. disaccord,
  9. disaccredit,
  10. disaccustom

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

disabuse

/ (ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz) /

verb

(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

disabuse

v.

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

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