• WordNet 3.6
    • v dispel force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings "Drive away potential burglars","drive away bad thoughts","dispel doubts","The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    • v dispel to cause to separate and go in different directions "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Dispel To drive away by scattering, or so to cause to vanish; to clear away; to banish; to dissipate; as, to dispel a cloud, vapors, cares, doubts, illusions. "Satan] gently raised
      their fainting courage, and dispelled their fears."
      "I saw myself the lambent easy light
      Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dispel To drive off or away; scatter or disperse effectually; dissipate: as, to dispel vapors, darkness, or gloom; to dispel fears, cares, sorrows, doubts, etc.; to dispel a tumor, or humors.
    • dispel Synonyms Disperse, Scatter, etc. (see dissipate), banish, remove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dispel dis-pel′ to drive away: to make disappear: to banish
    • pr.p Dispel dispel′ling; pa.p. dispelled′
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  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.”
  • Claude A. Helvetius
    Claude A. Helvetius
    “Truth is a torch that shines through the fog without dispelling it.”
  • King Hussein
    King Hussein
    “We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way. Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dispellere,; dis-, + pellere, to push, drive. See Pulse a beating


In literature:

It has dispelled the foolish old notions of magic, witchcraft, and miracles.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
David Rossi took the boy into his arms and tried to dispel the gloom of his own spirits in the child's joy at the illuminations.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
A man who imagined that he was always burning in a fire, had his illusion dispelled by seeing fire taken out from beneath his bed.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
There can never be a lasting peace until the myth of God is dispelled forever from the minds of men.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
After some hesitation they went up closer, and when all doubts as to his death had been dispelled a careful examination was made.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Exploring the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay
A quick glance forward and back dispelled this hope; there was not the gleam of a lantern in sight.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
My reveries were abruptly dispelled by the sound of steps along the passage which led to my chamber.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
If his companions had still held any lingering doubts about his insanity, it was sufficient to dispel them.
"The Castaways" by Captain Mayne Reid
It was not till I went down to see Mrs. Meldrum that it was really dispelled.
"Embarrassments" by Henry James
But more leisurely consideration dispelled my fears.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman

In poetry:

Two maidens all others beyond
Endeavoured his cares to dispel -
The one was the lively ANN POND,
The other sad MARY MORELL.
"The Force of Argument" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Tho' dark and gloomy was the morn
Ere noon, the day shone clear;
He pour'd his blessing on the corn,
And did dispel our fear.
"A Few Lines Concerning The Weather, In 1818" by Susannah Hawkins
As nature lay immured in gloom,
And rayless as the lifeless tomb,
Until the orient dawn of light
Dispelled the darkness of the night.
"Creation Light" by James Madison Bell
Darkness and doubts had veiled my mind,
And drowned my head in tears,
Till sovereign grace with shining rays
Dispelled my gloomy fears.
"Hymn 73" by Isaac Watts
Breathe in thy syrinx Freedom's breath,
Quaver the fresh and true,
Dispel this lingering wintry mist of death
And charm the world anew!
"An Early Bluebird" by Maurice Thompson
I hope, when plung'd into despair;
I tremble, when I have no fear.
Pardons dispel my griefs and fears,
And yet dissolve my heart in tears.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

UF's Meyer can dispel Spurrier's urban legend .
Prince Charles celebrated his 64th birthday Wednesday by meeting Dori the Dwarf from the movie The Hobbit and dispelling some old rumors.
GLOUCESTER — The city's mayor said Monday there is no evidence that a group of young girls made a pact to get pregnant and raise their babies together, seeking to dispel an explosive theory put forth by the high school principal.
In Living Color' to Return to Fox and Herman Cain Dispels Sexual Harassment Allegations.
The Sept 7 US Treasury decision to place Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into conservatorship will help to dispel some of the risks in the mortgage market and may contribute to bringing mortgage rates down.
Dispelling the myths associated with fruit juice consumption by children.
A recent university study dispels the myth that teleworkers feel disconnected unless they receive frequent communication from their organizations.
Preps and the Southern Gentry have long known of linen 's power to dispel summer heat without sacrificing a sense of style and elegance.
A myth too wonderful to be dispelled.
Let's dispel the notion -- if it exists -- that Michigan and Oregon came out of nowhere to earn berths in the women's volleyball final four.
Earlier this month the National Association of Mental Illness held awareness events to help dispel myths and promote understanding.
If you haven't heard yet we must dispel a myth about sugar: Doctors say the sugar in candy not cause kids to be hyperactive.
Sally Dial from Muscular Dystrophy Association-Alaska explains the disorder and dispels common myths surrounding MD.
'Real Housewives' Star NeNe Leakes Dispels Kenya Moore Casting, Talks New Ryan Murphy Series (Video).
New Book On Barnes Aims To Dispel Myths.

In science:

This feeling is quickly dispelled, though, when we note that what have changed as a result of Alice’s measurement are the relative states of Bob’s system.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
When explaining the exploitation of selectivity through coding and interleaving, it is important to dispel the misconception that channel coding incurs a bandwidth penalty.
Transmit Diversity v. Spatial Multiplexing in Modern MIMO Systems
The resulting indistinguishability paradox is dispelled once we realize what role the indices really play.
How Classical Particles Emerge From the Quantum World
This simple argument was seemingly first dispelled in .
Is realism compatible with true randomness ?
Dispelling the N 3 myth for the k t jet-finder.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration