disabuse

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From dis- +‎ abuse.

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disabuse (third-person singular simple present disabuses, present participle disabusing, simple past and past participle disabused)

  1. (transitive) To free (someone) of a misconception or misapprehension; to unveil a falsehood held by (somebody).
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 140:
      If we had any hopes or illusions about the National Party before they came into office, we were disabused of them quickly.

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