disburden

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Etymology[edit]

dis- +‎ burden

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disburden (third-person singular simple present disburdens, present participle disburdening, simple past and past participle disburdened)

  1. (transitive) To rid of a burden; to free from a load carried; to unload.
    to disburden a pack animal
  2. (transitive) To free from a source of mental trouble.
    • 1863, George Eliot, Romola, Volume I, Book I, Chapter XVII, page 295
      Romola's heart swelled again, so that she was forced to break off. But the need she felt to disburden her mind to Tito urged her to repress the rising anguish.
    • Feltham
      He did it to disburden a conscience.
    • Hammond
      My meditations [] will, I hope, be more calm, being thus disburdened.

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