dis·​il·​lu·​sion·​ed | \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-zhənd How to pronounce disillusioned (audio) \

Definition of disillusioned

: disappointed, dissatisfied becoming more and more disillusioned with politics

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In the first part of this book, fifty-eight micro-fictions eulogize the figures whose lives and work are a balm for the disillusioned author. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 20 Aug. 2019 Putin and the ruling United Russia party have been slipping in popularity as more Russians become disillusioned with the state of the Russian economy, including rising inequality and falling incomes. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The pro-democracy protests rocking Moscow, explained," 13 Aug. 2019 The answer may be a woman who is bored, confused, disillusioned or has stopped putting in the effort that’s required to maintain a satisfactory relationship. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Dear Abby: The magic is gone but we have 2 young kids. What do I do?," 10 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Drew gets signed to a record label, but as a pop boy band singer and becomes disillusioned with the music industry. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ at Cygnet a tongue-in-cheek guilty pleasure," 8 July 2019 Who will like this candidate: Democrats disillusioned with party leadership (especially millennials), immigrants, veterans. Quartz Staff, Quartz, "Meet all the Democratic candidates in the crowded 2020 race," 24 June 2019 Many graduates have gone on to great personal and professional success, of course, but many feel disillusioned by the state of the country and regret over what might have been. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "50 years later, Harvard graduates look back on year of tumult and tragedy," 19 May 2018 Americans remained widely disillusioned and baffled by the reasons for the country’s entry into that conflict, which had cost 116,000 of their countrymen’s lives in just 19 months and seemed to accomplish nothing. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 So, bottom line, a scandal that whacks men’s basketball could hurt everybody if either fans become disillusioned with widespread rule-breaking or so many good teams got penalized that the competition is badly watered down. John Affleck, Fortune, "Commentary: How the FBI’s NCAA Investigation Could Change College Sports as We Know Them," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disillusioned

1871, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disillusioned

: having lost faith or trust in something : disappointed that something is not as good, valuable, true, etc., as it had seemed

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