disabuse someone of

disabuse someone of
persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken.

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  • disabuse — [[t]dɪ̱səbju͟ːz[/t]] disabuses, disabusing, disabused VERB If you disabuse someone of something, you tell them or persuade them that what they believe is in fact untrue. [FORMAL] [V n of n] Their view of country people was that they like to… …   English dictionary

  • disabuse — [ˌdɪsə bju:z] verb (usu. disabuse someone of) persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken …   English new terms dictionary

  • disabuse — ► VERB ▪ persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken …   English terms dictionary

  • disabuse — dis|a|buse [ˌdısəˈbju:z] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; Origin: dis + ABUSE2 to deceive (15 18 centuries)] to persuade someone that what they believe is not true disabuse sb of sth ▪ I tried to disabuse him of that notion …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disabuse — UK [ˌdɪsəˈbjuːz] / US [ˌdɪsəˈbjuz] verb [transitive] Word forms disabuse : present tense I/you/we/they disabuse he/she/it disabuses present participle disabusing past tense disabused past participle disabused formal to make someone realize that… …   English dictionary

  • disabuse — verb it isn t easy to disabuse people of something they ve been taught to believe in Syn: disillusion about, undeceive about, set straight on/about, open someone s eyes about, correct on, enlighten on/about, disenchant about, shatter someone s… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • disabuse — verb (T) formal to persuade someone that what they believe is untrue (+ of): I never did anything to disabuse him of that idea …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • disabuse — verb /dɪsəˈbjuːz/ To free (someone) a misconception or misapprehension; to unveil a falsehood held by (somebody). If we had any hopes or illusions about the National Party before they came into office, we were disabused of them quickly …   Wiktionary

  • disabuse — dis|a|buse [ ,dısə bjuz ] verb transitive FORMAL to make someone realize that they were wrong to believe something …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • burst someone's bubble — verb To disillusion; to disabuse someone of a false notion or rationalization that has grown comfortable. I hate to burst his bubble, but he is going to be disappointed if he tries that idea …   Wiktionary

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