- to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog.
- to cause to vanish; alleviate: to dispel her fears.
Origin of dispel
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Antonyms for dispel
Related Words for dispelledresolve, dismiss, dissipate, disperse, allay, eliminate, oust, disband, eject, expel, disintegrate, rout, distribute, scramble, repel, deploy, cancel, crumble, scatter, banish
Examples from the Web for dispelled
Contemporary Examples of dispelled
But at least the illusion of a short-cut to individual and national wealth has been dispelled.Two Decades of Prosperity: Gone
June 11, 2012
I've changed my mind about same-sex marriage as experience has dispelled my fears of the harms from same-sex marriage.Is the White Working Class Coming Apart?
February 6, 2012
But Saif dispelled the myth that his fingers had been cut off in revenge.In His First Interview, Saif al-Islam Says He Has Not Been Given Access to a Lawyer
December 30, 2011
But, Gazzaniga argues, neuroscience has dispelled the myth of such a self, of such a “you.”'Free Will Debate: Who’s in Charge?' by Michael Gazzaniga (review)
November 19, 2011
Further, as evidenced by the Toscano shocker, the curse on Idol's women has been far from dispelled.The American Idol Implosion
April 12, 2011
Historical Examples of dispelled
Just a tiny little ray of sunshine had dispelled all the gloom for a minute.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The coming of daylight dispelled his fears but increased his loneliness.White Fang
A sudden discharge of shot from the savages in ambush, dispelled that hope.Chronicles of Border Warfare
Alexander Scott Withers
The last doubts were then dispelled; the attack was coming from the east.
Had Olivier and his father the least suspicion, it would have been dispelled at once by this testimony.Therese Raquin
- (tr) to disperse or drive away
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.