[ 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.

Origin of disenchant

1580–90; <Middle French desenchanter, equivalent to des-dis-1 + enchanter to enchant

Other words from disenchant

  • dis·en·chant·er, noun
  • dis·en·chant·ing, adjective
  • dis·en·chant·ing·ly, adverb
  • dis·en·chant·ment, noun

Words Nearby disenchant

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How to use disenchant in a sentence

  • The old woman takes kindly to my persecution; they enchant Dulcinea, and whip me in order to disenchant her.

    The Story of Don Quixote | Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

British Dictionary definitions for disenchant


/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈtʃɑːnt) /

  1. (tr; when passive, foll by with or by) to make disappointed or disillusioned: she is disenchanted with the marriage

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