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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dispel \Dis*pel"\, verb (used with an object) [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) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

dispel

verb

1: 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" [syn: {chase away}, {drive out}, {turn back}, {drive away}, {dispel}, {drive off}, {run off}]

2: to cause to separate and go in different directions; "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds" [syn: {disperse}, {dissipate}, {dispel}, {break up}, {scatter}]


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