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disabuse (someone or oneself) of (something)

To stop someone or oneself from continuing to believe something that is false. After being so ill, I had to disabuse myself of the notion that work is more important than my health.
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disabuse someone of something

to rid someone of an incorrect idea. Please allow me to disabuse you of that assumption. Please disabuse yourself of the notion that you are perfect.
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The visit will not have been in vain, if it succeeds in disabusing Ms Rice of the notion that the majority of the British people shared Tony Blair's spineless and unquestioning obedience to George Bush in his illegal war.
WELL DONE to Stuart Pearce for disabusing Dave Whelan of the notion that he's some great soccer thinker.