verb (used with object), dis·pelled, dis·pel·ling.
Origin of dispel
Examples from the Web for dispelling
Nadler subverts the potentially familiar plot once again, dispelling with a penstroke the possibilities for star-crossed love.When Surprise Endings Work: Stuart Nadler’s ‘Wise Men’|Nicholas Mancusi|February 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So Obama and the Democrats should spend part of next week dispelling the five myths that have the potential to singe.The Real Obama Needs to Fight Five GOP Myths About the Imaginary Obama|Michael Tomasky|September 2, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So just how lucrative—and widespread—is the business of attending meetings and dispelling wisdom?
My chamber is the place of its residence; and I have found a method of dispelling its strong smell by perfumes.Illustrative Anecdotes of the Animal Kingdom|Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Moonlight talk drifted easily into talk about artificial methods of dispelling darkness.Life On The Mississippi, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Albert, however, succeeded by sagacity and energy, in dispelling this storm which for a time threatened his entire destruction.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
They do not covet truth, but victory and the dispelling of their own doubts.Winds Of Doctrine|George Santayana
He soon succeeds in dispelling the cloud, and causing a cheerful light to shine on her path of duty.The Sabbath-School Index|Richard Gay Pardee
British Dictionary definitions for dispelling
verb -pels, -pelling or -pelled
Word Origin for dispel
Word Origin and History for dispelling
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.