[ dis-i-loo-zhuhn ]
/ ˌdɪs ɪˈlu ʒən /

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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.

Origin of disillusion

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

OTHER WORDS FROM disillusion

dis·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

/ (ˌdɪsɪˈluːʒən) /


(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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