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English Dictionary: dispel by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [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"; "The supermarket had to turn back many disappointed customers"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): disperse, dissipate, dispel, break up, scatter
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.
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