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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The actual crowd was about half that, and could be a sign of things to come for Miami, with many South Floridians disenchanted about the direction of the franchise. Steven Wine, BostonGlobe.com, "It was an unforgettable start to the Brian Flores era in Miami," 8 Sep. 2019 Surveys suggest that many more Russians are growing restive after several years of stagnating incomes and slow economic growth, and disenchanted with their government, but their priorities lie more with bread-and-butter issues. The Christian Science Monitor, "Encircling the interrupters with civility," 23 Aug. 2019 When some of these disenchanted, angry users decided to head for another digital home, Brennan was waiting, parroting the ever-shifting defenses of GamerGate and promising extremely limited oversight. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 While the corruption and chat leak helped catalyze the protests, Puerto Ricans were already disenchanted with Rosselló after his administration’s handling of Hurricane Maria in 2017. Time, "Puerto Rico's Embattled Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to Resign Amid Protests," 25 July 2019 Most tea partiers were basically disenchanted Republicans. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Ross Perot's political legacy: Clinton, populism, Trump and the tea party," 9 July 2019 Even Starr was disenchanted with the whole routine. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 This move was pivotal in persuading Spaniards to vote Socialist again, especially young people, women, labor union members, and disenchanted voters such as those who, in recent years, had abandoned the PSOE for Podemos. Omar G. Encarnación, The New York Review of Books, "Will Spain Be the Savior of Social Democracy in Europe?," 28 May 2019 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

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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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recurring in steady succession

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