Definition of disabuse in US English:



[with object]
  • Persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken.

    ‘he quickly disabused me of my fanciful notions’
    • ‘If Wright had aspirations to fight in one of the war's main theaters after enlisting with the Sixth Iowa Cavalry Regiment, he was quickly disabused of the idea.’
    • ‘I suggest that a long period of discussion with a former Governor of the Reserve Bank might disabuse him of that strange idea.’
    • ‘Two days after our return to Trinidad, a triumphant call disabused me of any idea of his suffering.’
    • ‘Professor Hart disabused me of my addled adolescent liberalism and smugness over the four years I was his student as an undergraduate.’
    • ‘Cameron is quick to disabuse anyone of the idea that she had a happy, randy, angst-free childhood.’
    • ‘I think Secretary Rumsfeld disabused us of that today.’
    • ‘Then one of my favourite professors, a fellow by the name of Austan Goolsbee, disabused me of this notion by asking a simple question: What price will the owner be willing to sell the asset at?’
    • ‘There was a rather quick and direct response by people to disabuse me of such a ludicrous idea.’
    • ‘We can further codify it, and make it enforceable, but this will require disabusing our politicians of their cultlike worship of ‘Parliamentary sovereignty’.’
    • ‘Descartes first tries to disabuse the reader of the belief that his sensations or experiences are like the things that cause them.’
    • ‘Thanks for disabusing us of our unsophisticated illusions, Mr. Brooks.’
    • ‘Yes, Dan disabuses people of their naïve ideas about the mind, while Nick is more willing to take seriously what people say about their own minds.’
    • ‘Little did I know how much further my father would go in disabusing me of my fetish.’
    • ‘Perhaps a few lessons in physics will disabuse such people of the belief that state power can be reduced - or even eliminated - by the pouring of more human energy into the political system!’
    • ‘I'm neither inclined nor really in any way interested in disabusing people of their political positions, however ridiculous they may be or however sound they may be.’
    • ‘After some time spent in a futile effort to disabuse him of some of his favourite ideas, she was rendered speechless.’
    • ‘I've spent some time disabusing him of that nonsense.’
    • ‘Having always liked Reagan, since interviewing him during his first run for governor in 1966, I didn't want to disabuse him of one of his pet ideas.’
    • ‘However, I can quite categorically say that spending three months drinking myself into a stupor in South East Asia last year has disabused me of the notion that doing nothing makes me feel bad.’
    • ‘Of course, once I started doing the job I was quickly disabused of any romantic ideas I had about it.’
    disillusion, undeceive, correct, set right, set straight, open the eyes of, enlighten, reveal the truth to, wake up, disenchant, shatter the illusions of, make sadder and wiser
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