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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 ?
They did not care to take the trouble of disabusing him of his error, as they considered that since it did not in any way hurt his conscience it would be better to leave him in it, and they would have all the more amusement in listening to his simplicities; and so they bade him pray to God for his lord's health, as it was a very likely and a very feasible thing for him in course of time to come to be an emperor, as he said, or at least an archbishop or some other dignitary of equal rank.
I learned about the importance of positioning when cycling on the road, disabusing myself of the naive notion that tucking in against the kerb was a safe place to be.
Thankfully, however, the police and courts are gradually disabusing people of the notion that they are somehow anonymous in cyberspace - their fingerprints will be all over their internet crimes.