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discredit

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verb dis·cred·it \(ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət\

Simple Definition of discredit

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

  • : to damage the reputation of (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discredit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to refuse to accept as true or accurate :  disbelieve <discredit a rumor>

  3. 2 :  to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of <a discredited theory>

  4. 3 :  to deprive of good repute :  disgrace <personal attacks meant to discredit his opponent>

Examples of discredit in a sentence

  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



1559

First Known Use of discredit

1559

Rhymes with discredit


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discredit

noun dis·cred·it

Simple Definition of discredit

  • : loss of reputation or respect

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discredit

  1. 1 :  loss of credit or reputation <I knew stories to the discredit of England — W. B. Yeats>

  2. 2 :  lack or loss of belief or confidence :  doubt <contradictions cast discredit on his testimony>

Examples of discredit in a sentence

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



1565

First Known Use of discredit

1565


DISCREDIT Defined for Kids

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discredit

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verb dis·cred·it \dis-ˈkre-dət\

Definition of discredit for Students

discrediteddiscrediting

  1. 1 :  to cause to seem dishonest or untrue <discredit a report>

  2. 2 :  to harm the reputation of <The candidates tried to discredit each other.>




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discredit

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noun dis·cred·it

Definition of discredit for Students

  1. :  loss of good name or respect <His behavior brought discredit on the family.>





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