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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.
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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


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1, 2. See scatter.


1. gather.
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Historical Examples

  • She was no longer the confidante of his worries and the dispeller of his clouds of depression.

    Woman and Artist

    Max O'Rell

  • This last plant is especially hateful to evil spirits, and in days gone by was called Fuga dmonum, dispeller of demons.

  • The morning sunlight, as is well known, is a dispeller of moods, a disintegrator of the night's fantasies.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for dispeller


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

Word Origin

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



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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