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

transitive verb

: to free from illusion
disenchanter noun
disenchanting adjective
disenchantingly adverb
disenchantment noun

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disenchant was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Disenchant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disenchant. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


dis·​en·​chant ˌdis-ᵊn-ˈchant How to pronounce disenchant (audio)
: to free from illusion
disenchantment noun

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