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  • I disabused her of her sense of superiority.
  • A week of living off the land will disabuse idealists of the idea that it is some kind of Garden of Eden.
  • Although I had already been disabused of the truth of a good many scientifically established beliefs about wolves by my own recent experiences, I could hardly believe that the all-powerful and intelligent wolf would limit his predation on the caribou herds to culling the sick and the infirm when he could, presumably, take his choice of the fattest and most succulent individuals.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Coward that I am, I cannot force myself to disabuse him of this belief Tonight after a fine dinner which included the best Virginia ham I have ever tasted, the four of us go to a cretinous movie in Nyack.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • We do not disabuse them; we know that food is as important as ammunition and only for that reason must be brought up.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Everyone talked about how sweet it was that she had this posthumous token of her love and she naturally did not disabuse their minds.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • So please—please, dear Tessy, disabuse your mind of the feeling that you will stand in my way.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Harry, Ron, and Hermione exchanged looks, but before they could disabuse Hagrid of this comfortable notion, Mr. and Mrs. Weasley and Ginny appeared, all clutching heavy packages of books.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • IF WE HAD ANY HOPES or illusions about the National Party before they came into office, we were disabused of them quickly.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I don’t want to disabuse you, Johnny, but you’re not next in line.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy

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  • They did not care to take the trouble of disabusing him of his error, as they considered that since it did not in any way hurt his conscience it would be better to leave him in it, and they would have all the more amusement in listening to his simplicities; and so they bade him pray to God for his lord’s health, as it was a very likely and a very feasible thing for him in course of time to come to be an emperor, as he said, or at least an archbishop or some other dignitary of equal…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • No one could live long in Berlin without being completely disabused of illusions.
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • The old man had soon disabused him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Diane always thought it was his favorite meal and he never had the heart to disabuse her.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • And I wanted to say something to, you know, disabuse him of every wishful thought in his head.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error.
    Plato  --  Allegory of the Cave
  • The first step of worthiness will be to disabuse us of our superstitious associations with places and times, with number and size.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • It had been much like this in August, and Hans Castorp had long since disabused himself of the idea that snow was the prerogative of winter.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Blanca tried to disabuse him of his error, explaining that neither she nor her work contained a drop of Indian blood, but the language barrier prevented him from understanding her point of view.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • …in doubt to act, or rest; In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer; Born but to die, and reasoning but to err; Alike in ignorance, his reason such, Whether he thinks too little, or too much: Chaos of thought and passion, all confused; Still by himself abused, or disabused; Created half to rise, and half to fall; Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all; Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled: The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!
    Alexander Pope  --  Epistle II of An Essay On Man
  • Disabuse your mind of that idea.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Stop, I tell you,
    stop all this, and make the rest stop too!"
    But Polybus’ son Eurymachus tried to calm her:
    "Wise Penelope, daughter of Icarius, courage!
    Disabuse yourself of all these worries now.
    That man is not alive—
    he never will be, he never can be born—
    who’ll lift a hand against Telemachus, your son,
    not while I walk the land and I can see the light.
    I tell you this—so help me, it will all come true—
    in an instant that man’s blood will spurt around my spear!
    My…
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • If so, Tyrion was not about to disabuse him.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • There was nothing that one could do to disabuse them of this notion.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Many civilities and offers of service were exchanged by Don Alvaro and Don Quixote, in the course of which the great Manchegan displayed such good taste that he disabused Don Alvaro of the error he was under; and he, on his part, felt convinced he must have been enchanted, now that he had been brought in contact with two such opposite Don Quixotes.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Senor Sancho Panza must know that we too have enchanters here that are well disposed to us, and tell us what goes on in the world, plainly and distinctly, without subterfuge or deception; and believe me, Sancho, that agile country lass was and is Dulcinea del Toboso, who is as much enchanted as the mother that bore her; and when we least expect it, we shall see her in her own proper form, and then Sancho will be disabused of the error he is under at present.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Hearing this, my friend, giving himself a slap on the forehead and breaking into a hearty laugh, exclaimed, "Before God, Brother, now am I disabused of an error in which I have been living all this long time I have known you, all through which I have taken you to be shrewd and sensible in all you do; but now I see you are as far from that as the heaven is from the earth.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "Many a time," replied Don Quixote, "have I said what I now say once more, that the majority of the world are of opinion that there never were any knights-errant in it; and as it is my opinion that, unless heaven by some miracle brings home to them the truth that there were and are, all the pains one takes will be in vain (as experience has often proved to me), I will not now stop to disabuse you of the error you share with the multitude.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • "The Ingratitude Revenged" was not nonsense, nor was there any in "The Numantia," nor any to be found in "The Merchant Lover," nor yet in "The Friendly Fair Foe," nor in some others that have been written by certain gifted poets, to their own fame and renown, and to the profit of those that brought them out;’ some further remarks I added to these, with which, I think, I left him rather dumbfoundered, but not so satisfied or convinced that I could disabuse him of his error."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • …in that glorious expedition, promoted by this time to be a captain of infantry, to which honourable charge my good luck rather than my merits raised me; and that day—so fortunate for Christendom, because then all the nations of the earth were disabused of the error under which they lay in imagining the Turks to be invincible on sea-on that day, I say, on which the Ottoman pride and arrogance were broken, among all that were there made happy (for the Christians who died that day were…
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • At some point he would have had to admit that, given his pedagogic streak, his own masculinity was not of a strictly social, cock-of-the-walk nature, either, which explained why the grand Peeperkorn was as much a disruption to his meditations as were Naphta and Frau Chauchat; and finally, he could not hope to disabuse his pupil of the effects of a personality and superior nature, effects from which neither he nor his partner in cerebral matters was able to exclude himself.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
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