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 disenchantingly (audio) \ adverb
disenchantment \ ˌdis-​in-​ˈchant-​mənt How to pronounce disenchantment (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for disenchant


disabuse, disillusion, undeceive

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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

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In the early 1960s, a growing number of audacious adolescents and young adults gravitated to S.N.C.C. (or Snick, as it was popularly called) because they were disenchanted with traditional rights groups. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Charles McDew, 79, Tactician for Student Civil Rights Group, Dies," 13 Apr. 2018 The demonstrations were fueled by a new generation of Armenians disenchanted with the small elite of politicians and their oligarch allies who have long controlled the government and much of the economy, analysts said. New York Times, "‘I Was Wrong’: Armenian Leader Quits Amid Protests," 23 Apr. 2018 Witty and sharp-tongued, Sobchak cast herself as a champion of liberal freedoms, seeking to win over some of Navalny’s supporters and others who are disenchanted with Putin. Washington Post, "A self-assured Putin seems confident of electoral victory," 15 Mar. 2018 The Marlins are hopeful the 25th anniversary will help reconnect with fans who have been disenchanted by years of losing, low payrolls and controversial trades of popular players. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins 25th Anniversary Weekend series will feature 1993 ticket prices," 10 May 2018 But many liberal Democrats were disenchanted with him. David Stout, New York Times, "John V. Tunney, Boxer’s Son Who Lasted One Term in the Senate, Dies at 83," 12 Jan. 2018 De Leon is the candidate of progressives disenchanted with Feinstein’s history of intermittent ideological heresy and relative friendliness toward Republicans. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Republicans Are Fighting So Hard to Get Into California’s Gubernatorial Election," 24 May 2018 But in 2014, the party started to fracture as some liberal groups grew disenchanted with Cuomo's moderate record and his relationship with Republicans who control the state Senate. USA TODAY, "Cynthia Nixon wins Working Families Party support against Andrew Cuomo," 14 Apr. 2018 She was disenchanted with the Parent-Teacher Association and created the Home School Association. Mort Mazor, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former Tenafly, N. J. mayor makes Bellaggio her second home," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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