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trying to dispel common myths about dieting
  to drive away (get rid of) — especially a feeling or idea
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  • trying to dispel common myths about dieting
  • This should dispel any doubts.
  • The press secretary trying to dispel rumors about the incident.
  • many a stroll, and many a sigh, were necessary to dispel the agitation of the idea.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion

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  • I thought, if I had caused the cloud, it was my duty to make an effort to dispel it.
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights
  • But the lovely aromas in that enchanted air did at last seem to dispel, for a moment, the cankerous thing in his soul.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick LXVIII-CXXXIV
  • She tried to think of something to say, something to dispel the seriousness which she felt to be in the atmosphere, but words failed her.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Kingdom of the Blind
  • Earth brightens when you dawn in lightland,
    When you shine as Aten of daytime;
    As you dispel the dark,
    As you cast your rays,
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • WILLY [as though to dispel his confusion he angrily stops CHARLEY’S hand]:
    Arthur Miller  --  Death of a Salesman
  • He sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose as if trying to dispel a headache.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

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  • My fears that he would prove to be an encumbrance and a nuisance were soon dispelled.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Finally, in a blatant attempt to dispel my foul mood they invited me to go see Three Pennies for Wishing across the river tomorrow evening.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • I couldn’t remember what they were, but I had dispelled them many times, swatting them into oblivion with no more effort than I would a swarm of gnats.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • All of my doubts about parental retribution for the extra day spent away from the island were dispelled when I walked into school Monday morning.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • You dispelled a ghost.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • I wanted very much to know about this Captain Randall; so far, this story had done little to dispel my original impression of him.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Claudia’s interest in Sofia was something I needed to dispel at all costs.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • …lives kicked up (for me) a lot of ugly echoes from childhood, moving boxes and kitchen smells and shadowed bedrooms with the life gone out of them all but more than this, pulsing throughout, a sort of ominous mechanical hum audible (apparently) only to me, heavily-breathing apprehensions which the voices of the brokers, ringing cheerfully against the polished surfaces as they walked around switching on the lights and pointing out the stainless-steel appliances, did little to dispel.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • It was dim inside, with a damp coolness slowly dispelled by the gathering congregation.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • But all such doubts were now dispelled.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • This dispels her first embarrassment, and the two begin to talk.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The countess—her prayerful mood dispelled—looked round and frowned.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Ezra—er, Mr. Fitz—had dispelled the laughing quickly, and come up with the lamest excuse for swearing in class.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Perhaps, as he approached his death, he had a troubling sense that he’d be remembered as a fiend and wished to dispel that notion.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Had Morrel even any suspicions, so much kindness would have dispelled them.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He wasn’t sure if he did it to dispel Gholam’s impression that he led a carefree existence simply because he lived in a big house.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Somehow the fire seemed to dispel the brooding mystery we had felt since the shower of rocks.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • Scented candles burned in dishes on either side of the table, which did little to dispel the thick stench pervading every inch of the house.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Either the mist was not out again yet, or the wind had dispelled it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • I thought, if I had caused the cloud, it was my duty to make an effort to dispel it.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • ’But isn’t that the very belief we want to dispel?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The sight of the safe, the saucer of milk, and the loop of whipcord were enough to finally dispel any doubts which may have remained.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • This affirmation appeared to dispel all doubts with regard to the baldric.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Now she didn’t have to concentrate to dispel the illusion.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The figure of Phineas was set against the bulk of the tree; he shouted now and then, but these sounds too were quickly absorbed and dispelled.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Mr. Wickham’s society was of material service in dispelling the gloom which the late perverse occurrences had thrown on many of the Longbourn family.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • But the lovely aromas in that enchanted air did at last seem to dispel, for a moment, the cankerous thing in his soul.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • I waved my hand in front of her face, and when I was convinced she was out cold, I dispelled my avatar.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • Eragon’s plan to let his family see Saphira was dispelled by Roran’s announcement and Saphira’s own cautionary words.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • I was quite a little startled myself, for it seemed for an instant as if the stranger had great eyes like burning flames, but a second look dispelled the illusion.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Mrs. Shelby was seated in her comfortable parlor, where a cheerful hickory fire was dispelling the chill of the late autumn evening.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • To dispel Franz’s suspicion, I hand him an assortment of photographs I’d taken on a trip to Alaska the previous summer, during which I’d retraced McCandless’s terminal journey on the Stampede Trail.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • The coming of daylight dispelled his fears but increased his loneliness.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • It had cast a gloom over him which he tried to dispel by arranging his cuffs and the bows of his tie.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Yes," he said, and shook his head as if to dispel some vision, "only I don’t like to say that."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Suddenly she thought of Rhett Butler and calm dispelled her fears.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You can dispel them for a while, maybe even for a whole lifetime if you’re lucky.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • "You can kick both their tails for all I care, but do it somewhere else," Jim said, dispelling any thought I might have had that he cared anything about me.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • This amuses Athena and she reveals herself, then dispels the mist that had prevented him from recognizing his own country.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
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