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1. Not: dissimilar.
a. Absence of: disinterest.
b. Opposite of: disfavor.
3. Undo; do the opposite of: disarrange.
a. Deprive of: disfranchise.
b. Remove: disbud.
5. Free from: disintoxicate.
6. Used as an intensive: disannul.

[Middle English, from Old French des-, from Latin dis-, apart, asunder.]


1. indicating reversal: disconnect; disembark.
2. indicating negation, lack, or deprivation: dissimilar; distrust; disgrace.
3. indicating removal or release: disembowel; disburden.
4. expressing intensive force: dissever.
[from Latin dis- apart; in some cases, via Old French des-. In compound words of Latin origin, dis- becomes dif- before f and di- before some consonants]


combining form
variant of di-1: dissyllable.


v. dissed, dis•sing,
n. Slang. v.t.
1. to show disrespect for.
2. to belittle.
3. disparagement; criticism.
[1980–85, Amer.; from dis-1 extracted from such words as disrespect and disparage]



the ruler of the underworld in ancient Roman belief.


a prefix occurring orig. in loanwords from Latin with the meanings “apart, asunder” (disperse; dissociate; dissolve ); now frequent in French loanwords and English coinages having a privative, negative, or reversing force relative to the base noun, verb, or adjective: disability; disarm; disconnect; dishearten; dishonest; dislike; disobey.
Compare di-2, dif-.
[< Latin (akin to bis, Greek dís twice); often replacing des- < Old French]


var. of di- 1 before s: dissyllable.


the Disney Channel (a cable television channel).
References in classic literature ?
To be able to carry back to their far homes the boast that they had seen the man who could command the sun, riding in the heavens, and be obeyed, would make them great in the eyes of their neighbors, and envied by them all; but to be able to also say they had seen him work a miracle themselves -- why, people would come a dis- tance to see THEM.
But I said no; he might wake and make a dis- turbance, and then they'd find out I warn't in.
A man must be dis- posed to judge of emancipation by other tests than whether it has increased the produce of sugar,--and to hate slavery for other reasons than because it starves men and whips women,--before he is ready to lay the first stone of his anti-slavery life.