transitive verb Etymology: French désabuser, from dés- dis- + abuser to abuse Date: circa 1611 to free from error, fallacy, or misconception

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disabuse — I verb acquaint, admonish, advise, air, announce, apprise, awaken, brief, clear the mind, communicate, convey, correct, debunk, direct the attention to, disclose, disillusion, divulge, edify, educate, enlarge the mind, enlighten, eripere, expose …   Law dictionary

  • disabuse — 1610s, from DIS (Cf. dis ) + ABUSE (Cf. abuse). Related: Disabused; disabusing …   Etymology dictionary

  • disabuse — *rid, clear, unburden, purge Analogous words: *free, liberate, release: enlighten, *illuminate Contrasted words: mislead, delude, *deceive: *dupe, gull …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disabuse — ► VERB ▪ persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken …   English terms dictionary

  • disabuse — [dis΄ə byo͞oz′] vt. disabused, disabusing to rid of false ideas …   English World dictionary

  • disabuse — dis|a|buse [ˌdısəˈbju:z] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: dis + ABUSE2 to deceive (15 18 centuries)] to persuade someone that what they believe is not true disabuse sb of sth ▪ I tried to disabuse him of that notion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disabuse — [[t]dɪ̱səbju͟ːz[/t]] disabuses, disabusing, disabused VERB If you disabuse someone of something, you tell them or persuade them that what they believe is in fact untrue. [FORMAL] [V n of n] Their view of country people was that they like to… …   English dictionary

  • disabuse — UK [ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] / US [ˌdɪsəˈbjuz] verb [transitive] Word forms disabuse : present tense I/you/we/they disabuse he/she/it disabuses present participle disabusing past tense disabused past participle disabused formal to make someone realize that… …   English dictionary

  • disabuse — v. (D; tr.) to disabuse of * * * [ˌdɪsə bjuːz] (D;tr.) to disabuseof …   Combinatory dictionary

  • disabuse — [ˌdɪsə bju:z] verb (usu. disabuse someone of) persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken …   English new terms dictionary

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