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

Definition of disillusioned

: having lost faith or trust in something formerly regarded as good or valuable becoming more and more disillusioned with politics Overworked, tired, disillusioned, with a shaky marriage, the district attorney finally gets a case that he really wants to prosecute.The New York Times Book Review The camps grew restive and disillusioned, but refused to give up.— Nora Levin The disillusioned children of troubled marriages suffer from their parents' transgressions long into adulthood.— Marianne Gingher

Examples of disillusioned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many in his generation had similar experiences and, after Mao’s death in 1976, returned home disillusioned. Jeremy Page, WSJ, "How the U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping for a Globalist, It Got an Autocrat," 23 Dec. 2020 In 2016, the nation’s disillusioned voters were not just white, but also Black and Latino. Margot Roosevelt, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class,' by Jim Tankersley," 16 Nov. 2020 Now, as fears of a second wave loom large, disillusioned young doctors continue to emigrate. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "Sisi Promised Egypt Better Health Care. Virus Exposed His True Priority.," 11 Nov. 2020 But many Oromo in particular became disillusioned with Abiy upon witnessing his security forces clash violently with people of their own ethnicity after Hachalu was killed this year. Jacob Kushner, Los Angeles Times, "In Ethiopia, a Nobel Peace laureate goes to war," 6 Dec. 2020 McDonald said lowering the voting age was a way to give conservative youth a political voice and bust the myth that young people were all disillusioned, violent and radical. Manisha Claire, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Young Activists Got 18-Year-Olds the Right to Vote in Record Time," 11 Nov. 2020 Other ethnic groups may seize the crisis as an opportunity to rise up, including the Oromo, who have grown increasingly disillusioned with Mr. Abiy. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why vision of Ethiopian unity is descending into warfare," 12 Nov. 2020 Her research found that employees who don’t agree with a company’s stance can become disillusioned. David Gelles, New York Times, "Business Leaders, Drawn Into Fray by Trump, See Chance to Step Back," 9 Nov. 2020 Just the choice between re-electing a president who has weaponized social media to the point where Americans feel disillusioned. Asia Ewart, refinery29.com, "Trump & Biden’s Pre-Election Tweets Are Certainly Different. Let’s Compare!," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of disillusioned

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Disillusioned.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disillusioned. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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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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