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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The recent arrests come as Poland is becoming disillusioned with China as an economic partner, said Witold Waszczykowski, a former Polish foreign minister and one of the architects of efforts to boost economic ties. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "Spy Case Linked to China Raises Red Flags for Poland and the U.S.," 24 Jan. 2019 Instagram opened up longer video uploads to all of its users in the hopes of sparking a gold rush among creators who are disillusioned with YouTube. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Snapchat announces a slate of original programming for Discover," 10 Oct. 2018 And both were able to pivot off that opposition to reelection, as voters grew exhausted and disillusioned with a Republican Party that seemed interested in nothing but the next campaign. Ezra Klein, Vox, "To beat Trump, House Democrats need to fight on policy, not just scandals," 12 Nov. 2018 Stewart Jackson, a lecturer in government and international relations at Sydney University, said Australians are more disillusioned with this latest coup than the previous one, in which Turnbull himself ousted Tony Abbott in 2015. Trevor Marshallsea, Fox News, "Australians lash out over latest leadership change," 24 Aug. 2018 The British composer ingeniously juxtaposed nine poems of Wilfred Owen, a disillusioned enlisted officer killed in the final days of World War I, with the traditional Latin Mass for the Dead. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Benjamin Britten’s ‘War Requiem’ Review: Mixing Sacred and Secular," 30 Nov. 2018 Eschewing the heroic, monumental approach which for centuries was sculpture’s default mode, his figures are evocations of disquiet and discontent that fit a world disillusioned with bombast. The Economist, "How Alberto Giacometti became a legend," 14 June 2018 Ultimately, the president grew disillusioned with Mr. Pruitt after the accusations of impropriety and ethical missteps overshadowed Mr. Pruitt’s policy achievements. New York Times, "E.P.A. Chief Scott Pruitt Resigns Under a Cloud of Ethics Scandals," 5 July 2018 Angry and disillusioned Tory backbenchers are talking openly of a leadership challenge to Mrs May. The government, which lacks a majority in Parliament, appears to be in disarray. The Economist, "Boris goes," 10 July 2018

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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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