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"Disillusion," or "disillusionment," is that feeling you get when you realize that everything isn’t rainbows and butterflies—that things aren’t as great as you imagined they were or hoped them to be.


verb (used with object)

to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.


a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.

Nearby words

  1. dishwasher,
  2. dishwasherproof,
  3. dishwashing,
  4. dishwater,
  5. dishy,
  6. disillusioned,
  7. disillusionize,
  8. disillusionment,
  9. disimpassioned,
  10. disimprison

Origin of disillusion

First recorded in 1590–1600; dis-1 + illusion

Related formsdis·il·lu·sion·ment, noundis·il·lu·sive [dis-i-loo-siv] /ˌdɪs ɪˈlu sɪv/, adjectiveun·dis·il·lu·sioned, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for disillusion



(tr) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of

noun Also: disillusionment

the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned
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Word Origin and History for disillusion



"to free or be freed from illusion," 1855, from a noun meaning "act of freeing from illusion" (1814); see dis- + illusion. Related: Disillusioned; disillusioning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper