verb (used with object)

  1. to free from or deprive of illusion, belief, idealism, etc.; disenchant.


  1. a freeing or a being freed from illusion or conviction; disenchantment.


  1. (tr) to destroy the ideals, illusions, or false ideas of

noun Also: disillusionment

  1. the act of disillusioning or the state of being disillusioned

“to free or be freed from illusion,” 1855, from a noun meaning “act of freeing from illusion” (1814); see dis- + illusion. Related: Disillusioned; disillusioning.

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