from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To free from a falsehood or misconception: I must disabuse you of your feelings of grandeur.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To free (someone) of a misconception or misapprehension; to unveil a falsehood held by (somebody).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To set free from mistakes; to undeceive; to disengage from fallacy or deception; to set right; -- often used with of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To free from mistake; undeceive; relieve from fallacy or deception; set right: as, it is our duty to disabuse ourselves of false notions and prejudices.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. free somebody (from an erroneous belief)
This talent to disabuse is in large part the obverse of Coward’s capacity for shrewd self-assessment.
Denver citizens made a trip to Washington in 1907, and reporters of the day noted that the city representatives had to "disabuse" the Washingtonians of their belief that wild Indians roamed the streets and the men all dressed in buckskins.
They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly.
"They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly.
They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly, "he told the mag.
He wanted to disabuse people of the expectation that government would solve every problem.
The school's principal, assistant principal and other faculty members attempt to disabuse him of the fantasy that he's starring in a real-life version of "Stand and Deliver."
I once went on a ride-along with a state trooper who was quick to disabuse me of the glamour in police work.
The Americans did not disabuse them of this notion; once the Taliban got wind of the U.S. death ray, units would often surrender.
It is time to disabuse ourselves of the idea that nuclear power can solve our problems.
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