Power Prefix: dis-

Meaning "not" or "opposite of," this common prefix is used in words like disagree ("to be of different or conflicting opinions") and disgust ("a strong feeling of dislike"). Learn these words that contain the prefix dis-.
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  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. discourteous
    showing no politeness
    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
  7. 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)
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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)
  11. dislodge
    remove or force from a position previously occupied
  12. disobedient
    not obeying or complying with commands of those in authority
    That was probably the most disobedient thing Olga ever did when we were kids.I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
  13. disproportionate
    not commensurate
    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)
  14. disqualify
    make unfit or unsuitable
    My criminal record automatically disqualifies me from the nominations.Warcross
  15. dissident
    a person who objects to some established policy
    The dissidents often met but seldom talked about their illegal political activities, working in secret cells to deter arrests.Washington Times (Dec 8, 2018)

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