Definition of disenchant in US English:



[with object]
  • Free (someone) from illusion; disappoint.

    ‘he may have been disenchanted by the loss of his huge following’
    • ‘The conference board said consumers are disenchanted with the labor market.’
    • ‘It faces a big battle to win back the hearts and minds of these disenchanted people.’
    • ‘This is partly why Europe's citizens are increasingly disenchanted and anxious.’
    • ‘On the other hand, boys and girls and young men and women are clearly disenchanted with a system that frowns upon spontaneity.’
    • ‘Not only will this serve to disenchant the employee, it may also result in him or her taking the time off anyway and phoning in sick or being on unauthorised absence.’
    • ‘He was not disenchanted with art, but with some of the conditions under which it is practiced and marketed.’
    • ‘By the early 1950s he was plainly disenchanted with the liberal ambiance in which he had worked.’
    • ‘Of course, dark and disenchanted teenage angst has been packaged and marketed for decades.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder… that the public is increasingly disenchanted with a force that seems remote and unresponsive?’
    • ‘But things went as before and once again the citizens were disenchanted.’
    • ‘However, many of them are obviously disenchanted with the process in the run-up to the summit.’
    • ‘A year later it appears to many disenchanted voters that the change was simply cosmetic.’
    • ‘It would be interesting to hear from those amongst us who are disenchanted with their current electoral options.’
    • ‘I know you want to effect change, so what's stopping you and all the others who are disenchanted out there?’
    • ‘We have been ignored, disenfranchised and we are disenchanted!’
    • ‘Never before have I been so disenchanted with a party which I once loved.’
    • ‘Many people are disenchanted with all of the mainstream parties.’
    • ‘The disengaged, disenchanted voter will be a creature of the past.’
    • ‘Is it because parents are disenchanted with the education provided in state-run schools, and think that they can do better?’
    • ‘Foreign policy professionals are thoroughly disenchanted with the current team.’
    disillusioned, disappointed, let down, fed up, dissatisfied, discontented, disabused, undeceived, set straight
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Late 16th century: from French désenchanter, from dés- (expressing reversal) + enchanter (see enchant).