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disillusion

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noun dis·il·lu·sion \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-zhən \

Definition of disillusion

:the condition of being disenchanted :the condition of being dissatisfied or defeated in expectation or hope
  • suffered romantic disillusions

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First Known Use of disillusion

1591


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disillusion

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Definition of disillusion

disillusioned; disillusioning play \-ˈlü-zhə-niŋ\
transitive verb
:to free from illusion; also :to cause to lose naive faith and trust
  • The job disillusioned her about working in retail.

disillusionment

play \-ˈlü-zhən-mənt\ noun

Examples of disillusion in a Sentence

  1. Working at that store for six months was enough to disillusion me about retail work.

  2. we were disillusioned when we saw how the movie star acted in real life

Recent Examples of disillusion from the Web

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First Known Use of disillusion

1855


DISILLUSION Defined for English Language Learners

disillusion

verb

Definition of disillusion for English Language Learners

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


DISILLUSION Defined for Kids

disillusion

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verb dis·il·lu·sion \ ˌdis-ə-ˈlü-zhən \

Definition of disillusion for Students

disillusioned; disillusioning
: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.

disillusionment

\-mənt\ noun


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