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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
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.
The last week should disabuse anybody of this assumption.
Unlike Don Quixote charging at windmills the boy does not need to be disabused of a generous world vision.
My education as a scientist did little to disabuse me of this simple view of science as a great unifier, as an objective means of distilling information.
If that sounds like the setup for seemingly every film of this type, Waititi - working from a script by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost - is not going to disabuse anyone of the notion.
And that Jann doesn't go out of his way to disabuse people of that.
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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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