disburden

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

dis- +‎ burden

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪsˈbɜː(ɹ)dən/

VerbEdit

disburden (third-person singular simple present disburdens, present participle disburdening, simple past and past participle disburdened)

  1. (transitive) To rid of a burden; to free from a load carried; to unload.
    to disburden a pack animal
  2. (transitive) To free from a source of mental trouble.
    • 1863, George Eliot, Romola, Volume I, Book I, Chapter XVII, page 295
      Romola's heart swelled again, so that she was forced to break off. But the need she felt to disburden her mind to Tito urged her to repress the rising anguish.
    • 1677, Owen Feltham, Of Improving by Good Examples
      He did it to disburden a conscience.
    • 1650, Henry Hammond, Of the reasonableness of Christian religion
      My meditations [] will, I hope, be more [] calm, being thus disburdened.

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