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dispel

Line breaks: dis¦pel
Pronunciation: /dɪˈspɛl
 
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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, dismiss, chase away, drive away, drive off, get rid of, dissipate, disperse, scatter, disseminate;
relieve, allay, ease, calm, quell, check, put to rest

Origin

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

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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