Definition of debunk
: to expose the sham (see 1sham 2) or falseness of debunk a legend
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Examples of debunk in a sentence
The article debunks the notion that life exists on Mars.
The results of the study debunk his theory.
Recent Examples of debunk from the web
Though the Times article fueled speculation about a wider population of alligators in the sewer, this has been widely debunked by experts.
Many of Trump’s tweets are easy to debunk and do not rise to the level of a Pinocchio rating.
Some critics lampooned the ship as being gun-free, a bit of parody and fake news that was debunked on snopes.com.
Yet that argument has been debunked again and again.
But really, it's been around for years, and sources have been debunking its claims for just as long; according to Snopes, this hoax has actually been around since 2012.
For The Chronically Unemployable introduce us to one Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert, whom the folks in the mausoleum tout as the most recent Actual Scientist to debunk the worldwide scientific consensus regarding climate change.
The group had created a Web site to oppose the byway, and Sargent began regularly posting comments to debunk its talking points.
Alcohol had had that code of mystery about it as a writer’s drug, which I’m glad has been debunked.
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Did You Know?
If you guessed that "debunk" has something to do with bunk, meaning "nonsense," you're correct. We started using "bunk" at the beginning of the 20th century. (It derives from a remark made by a Buncombe county, N.C., congressman.) A little less than 25 years later, "debunk" was first used in print for the act of taking the "bunk" out of something. There are plenty of synonyms for "debunk," including "disprove," "rebut," "refute," and the somewhat rarer "confute." Even "falsify" can mean "prove something false," in addition to "make something false." "Debunk" itself often suggests that something is not merely untrue, but also a sham; one can simply disprove a myth, but if it is "debunked," the implication is that it was a grossly exaggerated or foolish claim.
First Known Use of debunk
DEBUNK Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of debunk for English Language Learners
: to show that something (such as a belief or theory) is not true : to show the falseness of (a story, idea, statement, etc.)
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