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discredit

1discredit

verb dis·cred·it \(ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət\

: to cause (someone or something) to seem dishonest or untrue

: to damage the reputation of (someone)

Full Definition of DISCREDIT

transitive verb
1
:  to refuse to accept as true or accurate :  disbelieve <discredit a rumor>
2
:  to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of <a discredited theory>
3
:  to deprive of good repute :  disgrace <personal attacks meant to discredit his opponent>

Examples of DISCREDIT

  1. The prosecution discredited the witness by showing that she had lied in the past.
  2. Many of his theories have been thoroughly discredited.
  3. an attempt to discredit the governor

First Known Use of DISCREDIT

1559

Rhymes with DISCREDIT

2discredit

noun

: loss of reputation or respect

Full Definition of DISCREDIT

1
:  loss of credit or reputation <I knew stories to the discredit of England — W. B. Yeats>
2
:  lack or loss of belief or confidence :  doubt <contradictions cast discredit on his testimony>

Examples of DISCREDIT

  1. <to his everlasting discredit, the coach was found to have placed bets against his own team>

First Known Use of DISCREDIT

1565

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