dis·​il·​lu·​sion | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce disillusion (audio) \

Definition of disillusion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the condition of being disenchanted : the condition of being dissatisfied or defeated in expectation or hope suffered romantic disillusions


disillusioned; disillusioning\ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈlü-​zhə-​niŋ How to pronounce disillusioning (audio) \

Definition of disillusion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to free from illusion also : to cause to lose naive faith and trust The job disillusioned her about working in retail.

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disillusionment \ ˌdis-​ə-​ˈlü-​zhən-​mənt How to pronounce disillusionment (audio) \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of disillusion in a Sentence

Verb Working at that store for six months was enough to disillusion me about retail work. we were disillusioned when we saw how the movie star acted in real life
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His disillusion contributed to the laughter, and although he wasn't nominated for a supporting-role Oscar (Cher and Olympia Dukakis won in their categories), Aiello was inundated with movie offers. Mark Kennedy, Houston Chronicle, "Blue-collar character actor Danny Aiello has died at age 86," 13 Dec. 2019 Under the first-past-the-post system, better adapted to two dominant parties, the make-up of Parliament may bear little relation to the national breakdown of the poll, adding to the disillusion of voters. The Economist, "Here comes the Brexit election," 31 Oct. 2019 Finally, something fundamentally more foreboding than disillusion with hyper-globalization was afoot on the global stage. Elbridge Colby, National Review, "A Republican Foreign Policy," 5 Dec. 2019 But her songs are full of dark stories of convoluted love, nihilistic disillusion and pain. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The 10 Best Albums of 2019," 27 Nov. 2019 And whereas The Sopranos felt singularly American, a classic immigrant story about disillusion and the American dream, Thrones was a model of globalization, a wideband broadcaster of consumerist good cheer. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 His own trauma, disillusion, and secrets contribute to some welcome plot tension, which Kait and her primary squadmate Del must contend with. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Gears of War 5 hands-on: A new blockbuster for the game-subscription era," 30 Aug. 2019 Increasingly hobbled by injury (and disillusion) over those five years, Gent was traded after the 1968 season to the Giants, who waived him in the summer of ’69. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Artists here capitalize on the emotional tension between illusion and disillusion, innocence and knowledge. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA takes visitors to ‘delectable’ fantasy worlds with two new exhibitions," 8 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of feeling triumphant, Ms. Riley was disillusioned by the curatorial and critical hyping of Op Art, and by the subsequent hijacking of her monochrome... Dominic Green, WSJ, "‘Bridget Riley’ Review: The Varieties of Visual Experience," 6 Jan. 2020 Among the writers who inspired Orwell was his contemporary Arthur Koestler, who was also disillusioned with the communists after collaborating with them in the Spanish Civil War. New York Times, "Remembering Raymond Chandler and Defending Ruth Rendell," 9 Aug. 2019 And while his poll ratings have grown throughout the campaign, in Labour heartland constituencies in the north of England, where many people voted to leave the E.U, voters are particularly disillusioned with the party. NBC News, "U.K. heads into pivotal 'Brexit elections': Who's who and why does it matter?," 10 Dec. 2019 But McKinley grew disillusioned over recent months as the secretary marginalized career diplomats and seemed to infuse foreign policy with partisan politics. Los Angeles Times, "Those career diplomats reviled by Trump are providing the evidence that could be used to impeach him," 23 Oct. 2019 Waititi’s over-the-top, boy-zealot’s ideal of Hitler is hardly a sympathetic character, and Sam Rockwell’s disgruntled, disillusioned and defeated but nevertheless loyal Capt. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "‘Jojo Rabbit’: Is it a chilling black comedy about yesterday . . . or today?," 28 Oct. 2019 This trade didn’t start with Fitzpatrick growing disillusioned in his role in a brutal Dolphins season for players and being traded six weeks ago for Pittsburgh’s No. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: On further review, Dolphins’ trade of Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers still makes little sense | Commentary," 27 Oct. 2019 Palestinians are disillusioned by his failure to deliver an independent state, his loss of the Gaza Strip to the rival Hamas movement and general economic malaise. Washington Post, "Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned," 19 Aug. 2019 Palestinians are disillusioned by his failure to deliver an independent state, his loss of the Gaza Strip to the rival Hamas movement and general economic malaise. Mohammed Daraghmeh, Fox News, "Palestinian leader fires advisers, wants bonuses returned," 20 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of disillusion


1591, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Disillusion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disillusion. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of disillusion

: to cause (someone) to stop believing that something is good, valuable, true, etc.


dis·​il·​lu·​sion | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-zhən How to pronounce disillusion (audio) \
disillusioned; disillusioning

Kids Definition of disillusion

: to cause to stop having a mistaken belief that something is good, valuable, or true Let me disillusion you about the myth of George Washington's wooden teeth.

Other Words from disillusion

disillusionment \ -​mənt \ noun

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