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disabuse (verb) undeceive; correct a person's wrong opinion.

When you disabuse a person you make them understand that they have been mistaken about something, and explain to them what is right. You make them realize that what they have believed to be wrong is in fact right. When someone misunderstands you, you clear their misunderstanding if you disabuse them. In other words, you undeceive them. When you disabuse someone you make them see the truth.

  • She knew that her husband suspected her character, but took no trouble to disabuse him. His suspicion strengthened until he positively believed she was false to him and sought a divorce.
  • For some reasons, Gerry's actions had always been suspicious in the eyes of the management. The profits that accrued to the company, as a result of his policies, however, disabused his bosses, and they realized that they had suspected him wrongly.
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