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dispel


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dispel  \Dis*pel"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Dispelled};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Dispelling}.]  [L.  dispellere  dis-  +  pellere  to  push 
  drive.  See  {Pulse}  a  beating.] 
  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.  --Milton. 
 
  I  saw  myself  the  lambent  easy  light  Gild  the  brown 
  horror,  and  dispel  the  night.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dispel 
  v  1:  force  to  go  away  used  both  with  concrete  and  metaphoric 
  meanings;  "Drive  away  potential  burglars';  "drive  away 
  bad  thoughts";  "dispel  doubts"  [syn:  {chase  away},  {drive 
  out},  {turn  back},  {drive  away},  {drive  off},  {run  off}] 
  2:  to  cause  to  separate  and  go  in  different  directions,  of 
  crowds,  for  example;  "She  waved  her  hand  and  scattered  the 
  crows."  [syn:  {disperse},  {dissipate},  {break  up},  {scatter}] 




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