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disabuse

to free a person from deception, error, or misconception: I want to disabuse you of your opinion of the gentleman.
Not to be confused with:
abuse – mishandle; misapply; pervert; revile, malign; mistreat: The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

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)
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Locke notes that we cannot know every advantage, but he proffers five: (1) awareness of the one and only true God; (2) revealing our true duties toward him--that is, morality; (3) disabusal of superstitious worship; (4) encouragement to a life of virtue and piety due to teachings about rewards and punishments that will be dispensed in the hereafter; and (5) assistance from the Holy Spirit.
It is appropriate, then, that Catherine's climactic moment of shame and disabusal should fall out as it does.
The simultaneous ending of the diegesis and disabusal of the filmic illusion engenders the second reflection--that we could speculate about the persistence of the "lure" only after first suffering, ourselves, the illusion that these blinking lights were real, were really lovers.(19) Both inside and outside the story we are disabused of illusion--but the second discovery, or allegory, can come only belatedly, after the inevitable error has been made.