disabuse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disabuse free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t disabuse To set free from mistakes; to undeceive; to disengage from fallacy or deception; to set right; -- often used with of; as, to disabuse one of his illusions. "To undeceive and disabuse the people.""If men are now sufficiently enlightened to disabuse themselves or artifice, hypocrisy, and superstition, they will consider this event as an era in their history."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • disabuse To free from mistake; undeceive; relieve from fallacy or deception; set right: as, it is our duty to disabuse ourselves of false notions and prejudices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Disabuse dis-ab-ūz′ to undeceive: to set right.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. dis-, + abuse,; cf. F. désabuser,

Usage

In literature:

Disabuse yourself of that illusion.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth
I hope every American will disabuse his mind of anything like that; there never was a time when opportunities were greater than now.
"Silver Links" by Various
Disabuse his mind, I beg you, of this error.
"The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
Nothing can disabuse him of this idea.
"Eleven Possible Cases" by Frank R. Stockton
It was time, he said, that the king should be disabused of the errors under which he labored with respect to the Netherlands.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
Poor Pain's mind must have been sadly disabused by this reception.
"Ten Years' Captivity in the Mahdi's Camp 1882-1892" by F. R. Wingate
The players and publishers would be able to disabuse them of this notion.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
All her art must be employed to disabuse Reuben of any lingering tenderness.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 99, January, 1866" by Various
Her father might have gently disabused her on the subject of many illusions.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
Kalipada never for a moment disabused his mind of that misconception.
"Stories from Tagore" by Rabindranath Tagore
He could not, do all that he would, disabuse himself of a very low estimate of men and their motives.
"The Fortunes Of Glencore" by Charles James Lever
When a wife imagines that her husband is all-powerful, he does not like to disabuse her mind.
"A Gentleman Player" by Robert Neilson Stephens
I tell you the lady knows nothing whatever of the matter; pray disabuse your mind of that absurd idea, once and for all.
"Parlous Times" by David Dwight Wells
Noel cheerfully and unconsciously disabused her of the idea.
"Consequences" by E. M. Delafield
Closer inspections, when its temporary nature is made plain, disabuses this idea entirely.
"The Cathedrals of Southern France" by Francis Miltoun
If one of them takes an idea into his head there is no disabusing him of it.
"'O Thou, My Austria!'" by Ossip Schubin
In the first place, I must disabuse your mind of the conviction that I am a widow.
"The Three Impostors" by Arthur Machen
It was some time before his mind became disabused of the idea that he had been dealing with the devil.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
I laughed, more to disabuse her mind than anything else.
"Latitude 19 degree" by Mrs. Schuyler Crowninshield
She believed, however, that she could soon disabuse Lucy of whatever false impressions she now held.
"Marjorie Dean High School Senior" by Pauline Lester
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In news:

If "Metalocalypse" co-creator Brendon Small could disabuse one notion about his Cartoon Network program, it's that he's lampooning metal.
ANYONE naive enough to think that devolution for Scotland and Wales would leave their relations with England untouched has been disabused these past few weeks.
To disabuse you of a few notions.
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