AskDefine | Define disabuse

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disabuse v : free somebody (from an erroneous belief)

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  1. to free [someone] from a misconception or misapprehension; to unveil a falsehood held by [somebody]
    It won't take them long to disabuse the newcomer of any notions of superiority.

Usage notes

Usually used in the format of “disabuse somebody of something”.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

amend, awaken, break the spell, burst the bubble, conflict, contention, correct, debunk, difference, disaccord, disappoint, disenchant, disillude, disillusion, disillusionize, dissension, dissent, dissidence, disunity, emend, enlighten, expose, free, illuminate, let down easy, let in on, liberate, prick the bubble, purge, put straight, rectify, redress, release, set right, set straight, show up, strife, tell the truth, unblindfold, uncharm, undeceive, unspell, wake up
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