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[dis-en-chant, -chahnt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to rid of or free from enchantment, illusion, credulity, etc.; disillusion: The harshness of everyday reality disenchanted him of his idealistic hopes.
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Origin of disenchant

1580–90; < Middle French desenchanter, equivalent to des- dis-1 + enchanter to enchant
Related formsdis·en·chant·er, noundis·en·chant·ing, adjectivedis·en·chant·ing·ly, adverbdis·en·chant·ment, noun
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Historical Examples

  • That marble mask of his beautiful love can but disenchant him.

    The Bride of the Tomb and Queenie's Terrible Secret

    Mrs. Alexander McVeigh Miller

  • But by the help of our prayers and relics we will disenchant him.

    A Legend of Reading Abbey

    Charles MacFarlane

  • But all the banqueting and largess did not disenchant the ominous mansion.

  • I will now take you back to your father, who will certainly know how to disenchant you.'

  • Then he entered the hut and ordered the old woman to disenchant his brother.

British Dictionary definitions for disenchant


  1. (tr; when passive, foll by with or by) to make disappointed or disillusionedshe is disenchanted with the marriage
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Word Origin and History for disenchant


1580s, from Middle French desenchanter (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + enchanter "to enchant" (see enchant). Related: Disenchanted; disenchanting; disenchantment. Carlyle coined disenchantress (1831).

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