I'm looking for an antonym to "summon". Would "unsummon" be grammatically correct, though it is not found in a dictionary? A contextual example:

You are a wizard that has the ability to summon minions. Other wizards have the ability to unsummon your minions.
  • You cannot unsummon in the first place; you have maybe to undo a summon.
    – Kris
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 7:04
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    (1) If there are wizards in the real world who do summoning, ask one of them the proper word. (2) If these are only fictional, you can use whatever word you want in your own stories/games ... just explain what it means somehow.
    – GEdgar
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 13:24

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In videogames, the act of canceling someone else's magic is often called "dispelling". I hope this works for you... :)

  • In context of the example above, i think this word fits best.
    – Gigazelle
    Commented May 29, 2013 at 15:13
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    Why? Dispell can indeed mean driving something away, but dismiss is a more direct antonym and both it and banish are commonly used in terms of magic depending upon whether it is considered necessarily to compel or merely release (consider the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram, probably the best known ritual in modern Western magick).
    – Jon Hanna
    Commented May 30, 2013 at 16:52

Perhaps dismiss is the word you are looking for:-

  1. to direct (an assembly of persons) to disperse or go: I dismissed the class early.
  2. to bid or allow (a person) to go; give permission or a request to depart.
  3. to discharge or remove, as from office or service: to dismiss an employee.
  4. to discard or reject: to dismiss a suitor.
  5. to put off or away, especially from consideration; put aside; reject: She dismissed the story as mere rumor.

So other wizard would dismiss your minions.


Though it usually refers to exile, banish seems to fit here.

For the example, I would also consider vanquish as it has a magical feel to it.


Disinvite (“To cancel an invitation to”) might work if you regard a summoning as an invitation. However, while summon has such a sense (“To ask someone to come; to send for”) it also has a well-known sense “To order someone to appear in court, especially by issuing a summons”, against which disinvite doesn't work.


As a former Magic player, I'd say that "other wizards have the ability to" counter your summon spell.

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