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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think Secretary Rumsfeld disabused us of that today.’
    • ‘I've spent some time disabusing him of that nonsense.’
    • ‘Of course, once I started doing the job I was quickly disabused of any romantic ideas I had about it.’
    • ‘We can further codify it, and make it enforceable, but this will require disabusing our politicians of their cultlike worship of ‘Parliamentary sovereignty’.’
    • ‘Little did I know how much further my father would go in disabusing me of my fetish.’
    • ‘Thanks for disabusing us of our unsophisticated illusions, Mr. Brooks.’
    • ‘After some time spent in a futile effort to disabuse him of some of his favourite ideas, she was rendered speechless.’
    • ‘Cameron is quick to disabuse anyone of the idea that she had a happy, randy, angst-free childhood.’
    • ‘Descartes first tries to disabuse the reader of the belief that his sensations or experiences are like the things that cause them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a rather quick and direct response by people to disabuse me of such a ludicrous idea.’
    • ‘I suggest that a long period of discussion with a former Governor of the Reserve Bank might disabuse him of that strange idea.’
    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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