Power Prefix: dis- – 15 Words

disabuse

free somebody from an erroneous belief

He’d ridden into their cities mounted on a spectral, after all, and most of them assumed he was from Weep—at least, until Thyon Nero disabused them of that notion.Strange the Dreamer
disallow

command against

It will also clarify its advertising policy to disallow targeting using criteria that directly attacks a group of people.Washington Post (Sep 20, 2017)
disapproval

a feeling of disliking something or what someone is doing

“He and Professor Trelawney are dividing classes between them this year,” said Professor McGonagall, a hint of disapproval in her voice; it was common knowledge that she despised the subject of Divination.Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
disbelief

doubt about the truth of something

I stared up at the buttresses of rough rock, solitary in the huge solitude of the heights, and I did not believe the driver; but I suspended my disbelief.The Left Hand of Darkness
discontent

a longing for something better than the present situation

His eyes rested in puffy little hammocks of flesh and his mouth drooped with discontent.The Pearl
discourteous

showing no courtesy; rude

In the end, he simply said that the tone of the letter was aggressive and discourteous and for that reason the prime minister did not answer it.Long Walk to Freedom
dishonest

deceptive or fraudulent

The panel disagreed, saying regardless of her intent to curb criminal activity, “she was not permitted to engage in dishonest conduct.”Washington Times (Dec 8, 2018)
disillusioned

freed from false ideas

The disillusioned Fernanda tried to obtain more precise information, but the unknown correspondents did not answer her letters any more.One Hundred Years of Solitude
dislike

a feeling of aversion or disapproval

Apart from his dislike of the whole idea, there were disadvantages that might be fatal.Watership Down: A Novel
dislocate

move out of position

In January I dislocated my knee, and since I can’t use crutches, I couldn’t leave my flat for three days.The Guardian (Nov 15, 2018)
dislodge

remove or force from a position previously occupied

That was probably the most disobedient thing Olga ever did when we were kids.I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
disobedient

not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority

He contested the state’s seizure of his car on the grounds it was an “excessive fine” and “grossly disproportionate” to his crime.Los Angeles Times (Nov 28, 2018)
disproportionate

not commensurate

My criminal record automatically disqualifies me from the nominations.Warcross
disqualify

make unfit or unsuitable

The dissidents often met but seldom talked about their illegal political activities, working in secret cells to deter arrests.Washington Times (Dec 8, 2018)
dissident

a person who objects to some established policy
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