transitive verb-·bused′, -·bus′ing
An example of to disabuse is to tell children that they are not going to be having ice cream sundaes every night.
transitive verbdis·a·bused, dis·a·bus·ing, dis·a·bus·es
Origin of disabuseFrench désabuser dés- dis- abuser to delude ( from Old French to misuse ; see abuse . )
(third-person singular simple present disabuses, present participle disabusing, simple past and past participle disabused)
From dis- + abuse.
- At the end of 1655 Arnauld, the chief light of Port Royal, was condemned by the Sorbonne for heretical doctrine, and it was thought important by the Jansenist and Port Royal party that steps should be taken to disabuse the popular mind.
- His success as a dramatist had by this time gone some way to disabuse hostile critics of the suspicions as regards his personal character which had been excited by the apparent looseness of morals which since his Oxford days it had always pleased him to affect; but to the consternation of his friends, who had ceased to credit the existence of any real moral obliquity, in 1895 came fatal revelations as the result of his bringing a libel action against the marquis of Queensberry; and at the Old Bailey, in May, Wilde was sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labour for offences under the Criminal Law Amendment Act.