What does disabuse mean?

Definitions for disabuse
ˌdɪs əˈbyuzdis·abuse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. disabuseverb

    free somebody (from an erroneous belief)


  1. disabuseverb

    To free (someone) of a misconception or misapprehension; to unveil a falsehood held by (somebody).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Disabuseverb

    To set free from a mistake; to disentangle from a fallacy; to set right; to undeceive.

    Etymology: dis and abuse.

    The imposture and fallacy of our senses impose not only on common heads, but even more refined mercuries, who have the advantages of an improved reason to disabuse you. Joseph Glanvill.

    Those teeth fair Lyce must not show,
    If she would bite her lovers: though
    Like birds they stoop at seeming grapes,
    Are disabus’d, when first she gapes. Edmund Waller.

    If by simplicity you meant a general defect in those that profess angling, I hope to disabuse you. , Angler.

    Chaos of thought and passion, all confus’d;
    Still by himself abus’d, or disabus’d. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.


  1. disabuse

    Disabuse typically refers to the action or process of correcting someone's misunderstanding, misconceptions or false impressions about something. It involves persuading someone that their belief is not true or valid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disabuseverb

    to set free from mistakes; to undeceive; to disengage from fallacy or deception; to set right

  2. Etymology: [Pref. dis- + abuse; cf. F. dsabuser.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Disabuse

    dis-ab-ūz′, v.t. to undeceive: to set right.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disabuse in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disabuse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of disabuse in a Sentence

  1. Gavin Newsom:

    Those who think this thing is not close -- I hate to disabuse you.

  2. Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra:

    Our government is prepared to face any inquiry if the same becomes necessary to disabuse the minds of those who rely on or give undue credence to selective, if not biased, second-hand information.

  3. George Papadopoulos:

    According to public documents today... there was a lot of tradecraft, spycraft going on around my life during that time, so, I certainly wouldn't disabuse the notion that he might have been dangling something to see if I would bite or if the campaign would bite.

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  • revenir de son erreur, détromperFrench
  • ontdoen, uit de droom helpen, terugbrengen van een dwalingDutch
  • 省悟Chinese

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    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
    A transparent
    B suspicious
    C abrupt
    D whirring

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