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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.
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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).]
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(usually foll by: of) to rid (oneself, another person, etc) of a mistaken or misguided idea; set right
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v.t. -bused, -bus•ing.
to free from deception or error.
[1605–15; < French désabuser]
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Past participle: disabused
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|Verb||1.||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"
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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
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disabuse[ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] VT → desengañar (of de) I was rapidly disabused of this notion → pronto me desengañé de esta idea, pronto salí del error
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disabuse[ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] vt to disabuse sb (of sth) (frm) → disingannare qn (su qc)
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