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dispel

Syllabification: dis·pel
Pronunciation: /dəˈspel
 
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Definition of dispel in English:

verb (dispels, dispelling, dispelled)

[with object]
Make (a doubt, feeling, or belief) disappear: the brightness of the day did nothing to dispel Elaine’s dejection
More example sentences
  • Actually listening to the record does little to dispel these feelings of disappointment.
  • Such words dispelled any doubts, despair or lingering suspicions.
  • Perhaps it is actually a canny psychological technique for dispelling any last minute doubts.
Synonyms
banish, eliminate, drive away/off, get rid of;
relieve, allay, ease, quell

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin dispellere, from dis- 'apart' + pellere 'to drive'.

More
  • appeal from (Middle English):

    Recorded first in legal contexts, appeal comes via Old French from Latin appellare ‘to address, accost, call upon’. Peal (Late Middle English) is a shortening of appeal, perhaps from the call to prayers of a ringing bell. The base of appeal is Latin pellere ‘to drive’, found also in compel ‘drive together’; dispel ‘drive apart’; expel ‘drive out’; impel ‘drive towards’; and impulsive; propel ‘drive forwards’; repel ‘drive back’, all Late Middle English. It is also the source of the pulse (Middle English) that you can feel on your wrist and is related to push (Middle English). The other kind of pulse, an edible seed, is a different word, which comes via Old French from Latin puls ‘porridge of meal or pulse’, related to the sources of both pollen and powder.

Derivatives

dispeller

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The title too was quite apt for it eulogised the guru, the dispeller of darkness, as the one who shows the right path to his disciples.
  • The word guru means dispeller of darkness or heavy with wisdom.
  • Everyone thinks his situation is hopeless - but Jesus, the dispeller of darkness, comes along and liberates him from his darkness.

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