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

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 Congress, along with the rest of us, is clearly disenchanted with the claims that founders are engines of wealth creation and change agents for global goodness. Steven Levy, Wired, "The 2010s Killed the Cult of the Tech Founder. Great!," 26 Dec. 2019 Around the globe, people, especially millennials and Gen Zers, are disenchanted with government and expect business to solve more of the world’s problems. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "The 2010s Were the Decade That Forced CEOs to Get Political," 19 Dec. 2019 Although some supporters became disenchanted by his insistence on holding on to power, Morales remains popular, especially among other members of his native Aymara ethnic group. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia," 15 Nov. 2019 Sunday’s loss gave the Browns the dubious distinction of being the only team not to have a winning record this decade, per ESPN, and players seem to be disenchanted with Kitchens. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, "Browns RB Kareem Hunt: Players took plays off in loss to Cardinals," 16 Dec. 2019 His guerrilla policy takeover, however, has left in his wake a collection of resentful West Wing aides and disenchanted right-wing advocacy groups. Lev Facher, STAT, "How Joe Grogan, a former pharma lobbyist, upended Trump’s drug pricing agenda," 22 Oct. 2019 The novel follows three narrators: the sinister Aunt Lydia, a young Gileadian girl who becomes increasingly disenchanted with the country she was raised to worship, and a teenager in Toronto whose family is entrenched in Mayday’s operations. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Booker Prize names two 2019 winners, Bernardine Evaristo becomes first black woman to win," 14 Oct. 2019 Trump advisers believe impeachment could help him politically, energizing his base and leaving some independents disenchanted with Democrats. Hunter Woodall, Twin Cities, "For 1st time, Biden declares Trump must be impeached," 9 Oct. 2019 Nevils grew disenchanted with NBC, feeling bosses there weren't doing enough to protect her anonymity internally and mischaracterizing the relationship with Lauer as an affair. David Bauder, chicagotribune.com, "Rape accusations against Matt Lauer ensnare NBC management," 10 Oct. 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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19 Jan 2020

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“Disenchant.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disenchant. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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