December 21, 2017
dispel (verb)
\dih-SPELL\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to drive away by or as if by scattering : to cause to spread out to the point of vanishing : dissolve
How do you use it?
"Not only can I do a good deed for you and for the princess, but my actions will help to dispel this terrible myth of evil that seems to surround rats everywhere." (Kate DiCamillo, _The Tale of Despereaux_)
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What do you think the root word of "dispel" means?

"Dispel" comes from adding the prefix "dis-" to the Latin verb "pellere," which means "to beat" or "to drive." Other prefixes added to this root give us the words "compel" (to force), "expel" (to force out), "repel" (to drive back), and "impel" (to urge or drive forward). The name for the rhythmical beating or throbbing of arteries in the heart called the "pulse," and the verb "push," meaning "to press against with force in order to drive," both also have their origins in "pellere."
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