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Examples of disabuse in a Sentence
let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
Recent Examples of disabuse from the Web
These leaders have now been clearly disabused of that logic.
Diana Gordon is here to disabuse him of both notions.
Her performance quickly disabuses you of such notions.
If the president had hoped that his choice of Mr Cottarella would reassure capital markets, he was swiftly disabused.
Hurston also had to disabuse herself of the notion that whites were the only ones complicit in the transatlantic slave trade after hearing Kossula’s story.
What’s your responsibility to disabuse her of those ideas?
In Design for Good, with a forward written by Melina Gates, the TED Prize strategist disabuses us of the notion that design is only a luxury concept.
The federation’s decisions on the two events on Monday will do little to disabuse them of that belief.
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Did You Know?
We know the verb "abuse" as a word meaning "to misuse," "to mistreat," or "to revile." But when "disabuse" first appeared in the early 17th century, there was a sense of "abuse," now obsolete, that meant "to deceive." Sir Francis Bacon used that sense, for example, when he wrote in 1605, "You are much abused if you think your virtue can withstand the King's power." The prefix dis- has the sense of undoing the effect of a verb, so it's not surprising that disabuse means "to undeceive." English speakers didn't come up with the idea of joining "dis-" to "abuse" all on their own, however. It was the French who first appended their prefix "dés-" to their verb "abuser." English "disabuse" is modeled after French "désabuser."
DISABUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disabuse for English Language Learners
: to show or convince (someone) that a belief is incorrect
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