Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To free or deprive of illusion.
  • n. The act of disenchanting.
  • n. The condition or fact of being disenchanted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To free or deprive of illusion; to disenchant.
  • n. The act or process of disenchanting or freeing from a false belief.
  • n. The state of having been or process of becoming freed of false belief.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of freeing from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom.
  • transitive v. To free from an illusion; to disillusionize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A freeing or becoming free from illusion; the state of being disillusioned or disenchanted; disenchantment.
  • To free from illusion; disenchant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. freeing from false belief or illusions
  • v. free from enchantment

Etymologies

dis- +‎ illusion (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Barber 's 1935 recording with the Curtis String Quartet of "Dover Beach," his own setting of Matthew Arnold' s classic poem of Victorian disillusion, is a technically polished, sensitively interpreted performance that has never been bettered.

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  • So renewal, not disillusion, is the agenda before us.

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  • L. E.L.'s poetry invokes illusions as its materials; disillusion is then its plot: 10 "day by day/Some new illusion is destroyed, and life/Gets cold and colder on towards its close" (ll.

    Life of Letitia Landon

  • We call our disillusion with democracy "politics" and let it go at that.

    A Sense of Urgency

  • Those who live by wishful thinking perish in disillusion.

    The Uncertain Future

  • As time passes, and the hour of the train draws near, he begins to reflect vaguely on his project; he recalls the disillusion of the visit he had once paid to Holland.

    Figures of Several Centuries

  • For most of Labour's Mondeo movers, their disillusion has been a considered, long-term process.

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  • Maybe some people disseminate a kind of disillusion just to further just to attract some votes.

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  • In the Chirton area of Tynemouth, scene of violent riots in 1991 during the prior Conservative government, 77-year-old former shipworker Thomas Grounsell said he would give the Labour government a five-out-of-10 rating for its record since 1997, the kind of disillusion that some political observers believe will persuade traditional Labour voters to stay home Thursday.

    Swing Seats Hold Key to U.K. Election

  • The kind of disillusion you describe, is it common?

    Traitor or Truthteller?

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