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disabuse

verb

Definition: to correct someone's error, fallacy, or misconception

Synonyms: correct, set straight, undeceive

Antonyms: delude, misinform

Tips: Disabuse comes from the 17th-century French word desabuser, "to correct someone." It carried an archaic meaning of "abuse" (a delusion), so that it meant "to correct someone's delusion" (bringing it in line with reality.) The word still carries a connotation of correcting someone's wrong belief and setting them on the right track.

Usage Examples:

Anne quickly disabused Jim of the idea that working at the office would be exciting. (corrected)

He obviously thinks that a good manager should yell at his employees, but someone should disabuse him of that notion. (correct, set straight)

She's been leading Ben on for so long, as his friend, I decided to disabuse him of the belief that she actually cares for him. (undeceive, correct)

I wondered how long he would allow the lie to be believed before he finally disabused his family. (set straight, undeceived)


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