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dispel (v.)

c. 1400, dispellen, "drive off or away," from Latin dispellere "drive apart," from dis- "away" (see dis-) + pellere "to drive, push" (from PIE root *pel- (5) "to thrust, strike, drive"). Since the meaning is "to drive away in different directions" it should not have as an object a single, indivisible thing (you can dispel suspicion, but not an accusation). Related: Dispelled; dispelling.

Origin and meaning of dispel

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Definitions of dispel

dispel (v.)
force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings;
dispel doubts
Synonyms: chase away / drive out / turn back / drive away / drive off / run off
dispel (v.)
to cause to separate and go in different directions;
Synonyms: disperse / dissipate / break up / scatter
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