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Definitionto drive away (get rid of) — especially a feeling or idea
- He said that Mrs. Micawber had latterly had her doubts on this point, but that he had dispelled them, and reassured her.Chapters 28-30 (33% in)
- 'Without more directly referring to any latent ability that may possibly exist on my part, of wielding the thunderbolt, or directing the devouring and avenging flame in any quarter, I may be permitted to observe, in passing, that my brightest visions are for ever dispelled — that my peace is shattered and my power of enjoyment destroyed — that my heart is no longer in the right place — and that I no more walk erect before my fellow man.Chapters 49-51 (2% in)
- He then took us down between decks; and there, any lingering fears I had of his having heard any rumours of what had happened, were dispelled by Mr. Micawber's coming out of the gloom, taking his arm with an air of friendship and protection, and telling me that they had scarcely been asunder for a moment, since the night before last.Chapters 55-57 (93% in)
There are no more uses of "dispel" in David Copperfield.
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