disenchant

[ dis-en-chant, -chahnt ]
/ ˌdɪs ɛnˈtʃænt, -ˈtʃɑnt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. disemploy,
  2. disempower,
  3. disemvowel,
  4. disenable,
  5. disenamor,
  6. disenchanted,
  7. disenchantment,
  8. disencumber,
  9. disendow,
  10. disenfranchise

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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British Dictionary definitions for disenchantment

disenchantment

/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈtʃɑːntmənt) /

noun

a state of disappointment or disillusionment

disenchant

/ (ˌdɪsɪnˈtʃɑːnt) /

verb

(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

disenchant

v.

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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