dissociate

dissociate
dissociate
meaning ‘to end an assocation with’, is first recorded in 1623, slightly later than its variant disassociate, and is now the more favoured form. It is followed by from and is often used reflexively (with oneself etc.):

• The mother immediately dissociated herself from this conversation —V. Glendinning, 1989

• He is at pains to dissociate Reagan's party from the one he helped steer to victory in 1968 —New York Review of Books, 1990.

Disassociate was passed over by Fowler (1926) but was described by Gowers (1965) as a needless variant. Nonetheless it is almost as common in current usage as the shorter form and is often preferred when the reversal of associate is emphatic:

• Any other woman would have disassociated herself, gone where she wasn't known, changed her name —A. L. Barker, 1987

• M. Sarkozy has gone to great pains to disassociate himself from both M. Chirac's record and his style of government —Independent, 2007.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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