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verb (used with object), dis·pelled, dis·pel·ling.
  1. to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog.
  2. to cause to vanish; alleviate: to dispel her fears.

Origin of dispel

1625–35; < Latin dispellere to drive asunder, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + pellere to drive
Related formsdis·pel·la·ble, adjectivedis·pel·ler, nounun·dis·pel·la·ble, adjectiveun·dis·pelled, adjective

Synonyms for dispel

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1, 2. See scatter.

Antonyms for dispel

1. gather.
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Contemporary Examples of dispelled

Historical Examples of dispelled

  • Just a tiny little ray of sunshine had dispelled all the gloom for a minute.


    W. A. Fraser

  • The coming of daylight dispelled his fears but increased his loneliness.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • 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

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for dispelled


verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
  1. (tr) to disperse or drive away
Derived Formsdispeller, noun

Word Origin for dispel

C17: from Latin dispellere, from dis- 1 + pellere to drive
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Word Origin and History for dispelled



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.

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