disabuse dis`a*buse", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disabused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disabusing}.] [Pref. dis- + abuse; cf. F. d['e]sabuser.] 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. [1913 Webster]

To undeceive and disabuse the people. --South. [1913 Webster]

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. --J. Adams. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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