disillusioned

adjective
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 election embarrassment in Istanbul will encourage former Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and former Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan to establish new political parties of their own, giving disillusioned supporters new options. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Istanbul’s Rebuke of Erdogan Shows That Democracy Lives," 27 June 2019 Rather than raging against the dying of the light, Runciman, like Spengler and Kojève, invites us to adopt a stance of disillusioned realism. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 The band’s love, love, love ethos was replaced by subpoenas, lawsuits, and private resentments that became public fodder for their suddenly disillusioned fans. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Where Life and Fate presents a disillusioned moral hellscape, Stalingrad is a work of hope and true belief in the long march of the Soviet project. Aaron Lake Smith, Harper's magazine, "The Trials of Vasily Grossman," 24 June 2019 Having seen the feminists’ point, Dworkin became severely disillusioned with the Left for its slowness to recognize female subordination as an injustice. Elaine Blair, The New York Review of Books, "Fighting for Her Life," 17 June 2019 That political process, Dedina said, left many of the kids involved disillusioned with government. Nelvin C. Cepeda, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Imperial Beach sets aside funding for long-awaited skate park expansion," 11 June 2019 Kavanaugh won the day by appealing to reason, fair play, and the presumption of innocence — in other words, things that the most disillusioned Catholic conservatives perhaps consider a sucker’s game, yet still have purchase with the American public. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Post-Liberal Dead End," 7 June 2019 More: Infestations, nipple scandals and disillusioned ex-employees: Who keeps Ndume? Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Gorilla Ndume's trip home delayed due to worries over risks, courts asked to decide," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of disillusioned

1871, in the meaning defined above

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disillusioned

adjective

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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