verb (used with object), dis·pelled, dis·pel·ling.
- dispatch box,
- dispatch case,
- dispatch rider,
Origin of dispel
Examples from the Web for dispel
The police themselves do little to dispel or discourage this lionized portrayal.Prosecutor Used Grand Jury to Let Darren Wilson Walk|Tom Nolan|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He does, however, attempt to dispel some of the myths that have emerged from hearsay and rumor over the last century.
Swiss leaders also dispel the “slippery slope” idea by repeatedly rejecting substantial minimum wage increases.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But one look at the film is enough to dispel all notions of Svengali.The Legend With The Look: Remembering Lauren Bacall|Teo Bugbee|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is no questioning their fellowship and effort to dispel misplaced preconceptions.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was a horrible thought, which subsequent experience unhappily did not tend to dispel.A Witch of the Hills, v. 1-2|Florence Warden
Since King David's time, we all know the power of music to dispel the spirits of darkness.
Even Dave's mechanical expletives were insufficient to dispel the illusion.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
But the lapse of a few months will confirm or dispel their fears.
On that former occasion the image of her old uncle had been strong in helping to dispel the fascination.The Patriot|Antonio Fogazzaro
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
Word Origin for dispel
c.1400, dispelen, from Latin dispellere "drive apart," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + pellere "to drive, push" (see pulse (n.1)). Since the meaning is "to drive away in different directions" it should not have as an object a single, indivisible thing (you can dispel suspicion, but not an accusation). Related: Dispelled; dispelling.