disillusion

[dis-i-loo-zhuhn]
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noun
  1. a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.

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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Related Words for disillusion

disappoint, embitter, disabuse, disenthrall

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British Dictionary definitions for disillusion

disillusion

verb
  1. (tr) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of
noun Also: disillusionment
  1. the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned
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Word Origin and History for disillusion
v.

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

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