Definition of disillusionment in US English:



  • A feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.

    ‘the high abstention rate at the election reflected the voters' growing disillusionment with politics’
    • ‘Perhaps they will turn away in disillusionment, as if such discord mocks all meaning.’
    • ‘They spoke of the widespread disillusionment with the current government.’
    • ‘Disappointment and disillusionment are as much enemies as the opposing candidates.’
    • ‘Human nature dictates that if people are kept waiting too long, disillusionment takes over.’
    • ‘There is, as you might imagine, widespread disillusionment with the government.’
    • ‘There is disillusionment on the part of the community and frustration on the part of the parents.’
    • ‘For boredom and disillusionment come easier to those who have everything and more.’
    • ‘I am not at all disillusioned, but I talked about disillusionment in one of my classes this week.’
    • ‘We hammered at the doors and used any tools that life offered us to carve words of hatred, ignorance and disillusionment in the stone walls.’
    • ‘This disillusionment is the product of disruptive economic change in many areas of rural Australia.’
    • ‘But he cannot explain why he did not step down before May 1 despite his disillusionment with the group.’
    • ‘The German invasion was soon followed by growing disillusionment, frustration, and discontent.’
    • ‘I worried that discovering Diana might be a journey of disillusionment, a glimpse of a fading star.’
    • ‘The level of public disillusionment must not be underestimated.’
    • ‘In Frazer's case we can, I think, see how this process of disillusionment has come about.’
    • ‘How did such a sense of ownership and hope turn to radical disillusionment in three years?’
    • ‘I believe that disillusionment is because people don't feel that sense of ownership with the Parliament.’
    • ‘And there, deep in the soul of this charming man, was a solid core of disillusionment.’
    • ‘The university has given me one thing I will forever hold dear though: disillusionment.’
    • ‘And how many staff will leave their jobs through sheer disillusionment before someone takes some action?’