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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Warren was disenchanted with Washington, and hoped to return to teaching full time. Sheelah Kolhatkar, The New Yorker, "Can Elizabeth Warren Win It All?," 14 June 2019 The book is about four retired Ramona men who are extremely disenchanted with Washington politics. Maureen Robertson, Ramona Sentinel, "News Briefs: Bow Wow Pow Wow, school plan public hearing," 5 June 2019 But the revelation of mammoth marketing costs has disenchanted investors hoping for near-term profits. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Amazon Could Deliver Bad News for Uber," 22 May 2019 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

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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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having a desire to acquire more things

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