dis·​en·​chant | \ ˌdis-in-ˈchant How to pronounce disenchant (audio) \
disenchanted; disenchanting; disenchants

Definition of disenchant

transitive verb

: to free from illusion

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Other Words from disenchant

disenchanter noun
disenchanting adjective
disenchantingly \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈchan-​tiŋ-​lē How to pronounce disenchant (audio) \ adverb
disenchantment \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈchant-​mənt How to pronounce disenchant (audio) \ noun

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Examples of disenchant in a Sentence

if you thought that you could pass this course without doing any work, let me be the first to disenchant you
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile the pushback is being led by the very people who were considered a potential new support base for Modi and are now disenchanted with the lurch toward Hindu nationalism. Ronojoy Mazumdar, Bloomberg.com, "Modi’s Nationalism Masks a Bad Economy, Protesters Say," 5 May 2020 The author is simultaneously desperate to be liked (and respected) by this group and increasingly disenchanted with the would-be FWP (First Woman President). EW.com, "Quarantine Book Club: I'm descending into a Hillary Clinton-themed fantasy world," 10 Apr. 2020 Hurd opened Imagine after becoming disenchanted with his job as an English teacher. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "Donations pour in to save San Antonio book and record shop, music venue," 31 Mar. 2020 As Detroit slogged to a 3-12-1 record last season, there were communication breakdowns on defense while rumors spread about discord among players disenchanted with Patricia’s management. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "How Jamie Collins became the leader Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia needs," 19 Mar. 2020 But despite being seen as one of the Renaissance’s guiding lights, McKay — Jamaican, bisexual, a Marxist who grew disenchanted with communism before the rest of his cohort — also brought an outsider’s critical gaze to the movement. Talya Zax, New York Times, "A Book So Far Ahead of Its Time, It Took 87 Years to Find a Publisher," 11 Feb. 2020 The target audience was white Republican moderates and independents, but the address included an audacious set of claims that a slice of black Americans disenchanted with the Democratic field could possibly find compelling. NBC News, "To many black voters, Trump's outreach is more showmanship than substance," 6 Feb. 2020 Rather than disenchanting the world, modernity generated new and even more-brutal sources of solidarity and meaning. Samuel Goldman, National Review, "The Populist Wager," 9 Jan. 2020 Perhaps providing the strongest real counterbalance to De Niro's crazy Cady is Juliette Lewis, whose gangly packed performance as the couple's disenchanted 15-year-old daughter shows the most sinewy fiber. Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Cape Fear': THR's 1991 Review," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of disenchant

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disenchant

Middle French desenchanter, from des- dis- + enchanter to enchant

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The first known use of disenchant was circa 1586

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“Disenchant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disenchant. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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