[dis-en-chant, -chahnt]

verb (used with object)

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
Related formsdis·en·chant·er, noundis·en·chant·ing, adjectivedis·en·chant·ing·ly, adverbdis·en·chant·ment, noun
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Contemporary Examples of disenchantment

Historical Examples of disenchantment

  • "Nowadays we get it all through the winter," said the Baron with a gesture of disenchantment.

  • Disappointment and disenchantment were falling on John Storm at every step.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • The age of ten is the age of disenchantment—for those of us who can take a hint.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • They are its victims: the victims of disgust, of disenchantment—often of remorse.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • I conclude the disenchantment will arrive only too early at last.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for disenchantment



a state of disappointment or disillusionment



(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 disenchantment



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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