- 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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Examples from the Web for dispeller
Historical Examples of dispeller
She was no longer the confidante of his worries and the dispeller of his clouds of depression.Woman and Artist
This last plant is especially hateful to evil spirits, and in days gone by was called Fuga dmonum, dispeller of demons.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
The morning sunlight, as is well known, is a dispeller of moods, a disintegrator of the night's fantasies.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
Anodyne, as well as tonic; dispeller of fever when other remedies are powerless; and the best accredited recipe for long life.Six to Sixteen
Juliana Horatia Ewing
The virtuous man, from his justice and the affection he hath for mankind, is the dispeller of sorrow and pain.
- (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.