Dictionary Definition

disillusionment n : freeing from false belief or illusions [syn: disenchantment, disillusion]

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  1. A feeling that arises from the discovery that something is not what it was anticipated to be, commonly held to be stronger than disappointment especially when a belief central to one’s identity is shown to be false.
  2. The act of freeing from an illusion, or the state of being freed therefrom.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bafflement, balk, ban, betrayed hope, blackball, blackballing, blasted expectation, blighted hope, blow, buffet, comedown, complaint, cruel disappointment, dash, dashed hope, defeat, dim view, disagreement, disappointment, disapprobation, disapproval, discomfiture, discontent, discontentedness, discontentment, disenchantment, disesteem, disfavor, disgruntlement, disillusion, displeasure, disrespect, dissatisfaction, dissent, distaste, exclusion, failure, fallen countenance, fiasco, fizzle, foiling, forlorn hope, frustration, hope deferred, indignation, letdown, low estimation, low opinion, mirage, objection, opposition, opposure, ostracism, protest, rejection, setback, sore disappointment, tantalization, tease, thumbs-down, unhappiness
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