Dispel Dis*pel", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dispelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dispelling}.] [L. dispellere; dis- + pellere to push, drive. See {Pulse} a beating.] To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish; to clear away; to banish; to dissipate; as, to dispel a cloud, vapors, cares, doubts, illusions. [1913 Webster]

[Satan] gently raised their fainting courage, and dispelled their fears. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I saw myself the lambent easy light Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • dispel — means ‘to drive away in different directions, to disperse’, and is used literally with reference to fog, mist, clouds, and so on and (more commonly) with generalized abstract nouns (dispel fear / dispel myths / dispel notions / dispel suspicions) …   Modern English usage

  • dispel — I verb banish, bestow, bestrew, break up, broadcast, cast adrift, cast off, cast out, deal out, diffuse, discharge, discutere, disintegrate, dismiss, dispellere, disperse, disperse completely, disseminate, dissipare, dissipate, dissolve, do away… …   Law dictionary

  • dispel — c.1400, dispelen, from L. dispellere drive apart, from dis away (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + pellere to drive, push (see PULSE (Cf. pulse) (1)). Since the meaning is to drive away in different directions it should not have as an object a single,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • dispel — dissipate, disperse, *scatter Analogous words: expel, *eject, oust, dismiss: disintegrate, crumble (see decay) Contrasted words: *accumulate, amass: *gather, collect, assemble …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • dispel — [v] drive away thought, belief allay, banish, beat off*, break it up*, break up*, bust up*, cancel, chase away, crumble, deploy, disband, disintegrate, dismiss, disperse, dissipate, distribute, eject, eliminate, expel, oust, repel, resolve, rout …   New thesaurus

  • dispel — ► VERB (dispelled, dispelling) ▪ make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear. ORIGIN Latin dispellere drive apart …   English terms dictionary

  • dispel — [di spel′] vt. dispelled, dispelling [ME dispellen < L dispellere < dis , apart + pellere, to drive: see FELT] to scatter and drive away; cause to vanish; disperse SYN. SCATTER …   English World dictionary

  • dispel — UK [dɪˈspel] / US verb [transitive] Word forms dispel : present tense I/you/we/they dispel he/she/it dispels present participle dispelling past tense dispelled past participle dispelled to get rid of unpleasant feelings or false beliefs He was… …   English dictionary

  • dispel — [c]/dɪsˈpɛl / (say dis pel) verb (dispelled, dispelling) –verb (t) 1. to drive off in various directions; scatter; disperse; dissipate: to dispel vapours; to dispel fear. –verb (i) 2. Rare to be scattered; melt away: the forces will dispel.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • dispel — dispellable, adj. dispeller, n. /di spel /, v.t., dispelled, dispelling. 1. to drive off in various directions; disperse; dissipate: to dispel the dense fog. 2. to cause to vanish; alleviate: to dispel her fears. [1625 35; < L dispellere to drive …   Universalium

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