disillusion

noun
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

disillusion

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

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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 style was better suited to conveying disillusion than commitment. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, 7 Sep. 2021 The warning is blunt: Concerned voters’ energy will convert to disillusion and demoralization of the conservative base, manifesting first in disaffiliation from the GOP brand and potentially in failing to vote in future elections. Jack Fowler, National Review, 2 Aug. 2021 Critics and celebrators have stressed the accuracy of her predictions, her place in Black American letters, and her knack for disillusion. Stephanie Burt, The New Republic, 27 May 2021 In a recent interview with Vogue, the former Disney Channel actress expressed her disillusion with — and contemplated leaving — the music industry. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 11 Mar. 2021 The clerics might see his candidacy as a way to get out the vote at a time of widespread disillusion with the status quo. The Economist, 20 Feb. 2021 The main reason behind the disillusion with democracy among young people was inequality of wealth and income, the report said, citing figures showing that Millennials make up around a quarter of the US population but hold just 3% of the wealth. Reuters, CNN, 20 Oct. 2020 Their prominence is a sign that in Chile, where disillusion with the political class was behind a huge wave of protests a year ago, mayors are less discredited than parliamentarians or ministers. The Economist, 3 Oct. 2020 Over the years, disillusion set in, and the dream collapsed in the 1990s. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, 7 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But if the affair was all in her imagination, why should distance disillusion her? Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Taken together, the developments threaten to disillusion African Americans, Latinos, young people and independents, all of whom played a vital role in building a coalition that gave Democrats control of Congress and the White House last year. Steve Peoples, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Sep. 2021 Taken together, the developments threaten to disillusion African Americans, Latinos, young people and independents, all of whom played a vital role in building a coalition that gave Democrats control of Congress and the White House last year. Steve Peoples, chicagotribune.com, 25 Sep. 2021 Cynicism fed by politicians of both parties may also disillusion would-be voters. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 May 2021 The goal is to disillusion us about ourselves, and to build kinship. Gaiutra Bahadur, The New Republic, 25 Nov. 2020 Those criticisms only became more acute in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as many people, disillusioned with capitalism, pointed fingers squarely at banks and other financial institutions whose executives are mainstays at Davos. Isabella Steger, Quartz, 3 June 2020 In one of the most cringe-worthy moments of the first two episodes, Krause walks out to receive his championship ring, where a crowd now disillusioned with him reacts as if it were just announced that beer sales would be suspended for the night. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 20 Apr. 2020 Just like David's disillusioning encounter with an unseen Andy Warhol in New York. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of disillusion

Noun

1591, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Disillusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disillusion. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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disillusion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of disillusion

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

disillusion

verb
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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