disabuse


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Related to disabuse: fetter, misapprehend, transgress, transmute

dis·a·buse

 (dĭs′ə-byo͞oz′)
tr.v. dis·a·bused, dis·a·bus·ing, dis·a·bus·es
To free from a falsehood or misconception: "It's up to you whether you want to disabuse your students of their fantasy that A's are guaranteed" (Rachel Kadish).

[French désabuser : dés-, dis- + abuser, to delude (from Old French, to misuse; see abuse).]

disabuse

(ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz)
vb
(usually foll by: of) to rid (oneself, another person, etc) of a mistaken or misguided idea; set right
ˌdisaˈbusal n

dis•a•buse

(ˌdɪs əˈbyuz)

v.t. -bused, -bus•ing.
to free from deception or error.
[1605–15; < French désabuser]
dis`a•bus′al, n.

disabuse


Past participle: disabused
Gerund: disabusing

Imperative
disabuse
disabuse
Present
I disabuse
you disabuse
he/she/it disabuses
we disabuse
you disabuse
they disabuse
Preterite
I disabused
you disabused
he/she/it disabused
we disabused
you disabused
they disabused
Present Continuous
I am disabusing
you are disabusing
he/she/it is disabusing
we are disabusing
you are disabusing
they are disabusing
Present Perfect
I have disabused
you have disabused
he/she/it has disabused
we have disabused
you have disabused
they have disabused
Past Continuous
I was disabusing
you were disabusing
he/she/it was disabusing
we were disabusing
you were disabusing
they were disabusing
Past Perfect
I had disabused
you had disabused
he/she/it had disabused
we had disabused
you had disabused
they had disabused
Future
I will disabuse
you will disabuse
he/she/it will disabuse
we will disabuse
you will disabuse
they will disabuse
Future Perfect
I will have disabused
you will have disabused
he/she/it will have disabused
we will have disabused
you will have disabused
they will have disabused
Future Continuous
I will be disabusing
you will be disabusing
he/she/it will be disabusing
we will be disabusing
you will be disabusing
they will be disabusing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been disabusing
you have been disabusing
he/she/it has been disabusing
we have been disabusing
you have been disabusing
they have been disabusing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been disabusing
you will have been disabusing
he/she/it will have been disabusing
we will have been disabusing
you will have been disabusing
they will have been disabusing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been disabusing
you had been disabusing
he/she/it had been disabusing
we had been disabusing
you had been disabusing
they had been disabusing
Conditional
I would disabuse
you would disabuse
he/she/it would disabuse
we would disabuse
you would disabuse
they would disabuse
Past Conditional
I would have disabused
you would have disabused
he/she/it would have disabused
we would have disabused
you would have disabused
they would have disabused
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.disabuse - free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"

disabuse

verb (usually in collocate 'disabuse someone of an idea or notion') enlighten, correct, set right, open the eyes of, set straight, shatter (someone's) illusions, free from error, undeceive I did not disabuse them of this notion
Translations

disabuse

[ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] VTdesengañar (of de) I was rapidly disabused of this notionpronto me desengañé de esta idea, pronto salí del error

disabuse

[ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] vtdétromper
to disabuse sb of sth → détromper qn de qch

disabuse

vt to disabuse somebody of somethingjdn von etw befreien

disabuse

[ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] vt to disabuse sb (of sth) (frm) → disingannare qn (su qc)
References in classic literature ?
So please--please, dear Tessy, disabuse your mind of the feeling that you will stand in my way.
The old ape thought that they were searching for a tribe of his own kind, nor did the boy disabuse his mind of this belief.
I wish but to disabuse the Baron of what is, to me, a shameful supposition--namely, that I am under the guardianship of a person who is qualified to exercise control over my free will.
There is little about it to disabuse one's mind of the error if he should take it into his head that he was in the heart of Arabia.
If I could believe it the fact that you are in disguise would immediately disabuse my mind of any such idea.
She would have trailed her rose-spattered flounce over the marble floors just as unconcernedly, and she would have proceeded just as calmly to disabuse the mind of the princess of any idea that the possession of a mere man, be he prince or peasant, was anything to brag of.
The first step of worthiness will be to disabuse us of our superstitious associations with places and times, with number and size.
I can see the solicitor glancing from him to me in an apprehension of which I did my best to disabuse him by reassuring looks.
Guerrero said she inhibited herself 'in order not to cast doubt on the integrity and impartiality of the presiding judge and to disabuse the mind of the accused and her counsel who have expressed serious doubts on her objectivity in resolving this case due to the adverse orders issued against her.
We should disabuse ourselves of the notion that proximity or "getting to know" others of a different race or religion is the silver bullet.
I HATE to disabuse Paul Rodrigues (Letters, August 30) of the notion that his letter to the Echo a secured the resurfacing of Newfoundland Road in Gabalfa, but I fear he may be labouring under a misapprehension.
We need to correct the narrative and disabuse the notion propagated by some that floods were caused by India's adverse action in letting waters from its rivers to flood Pakistan.