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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
Ervin is recycling a Democratic talking point that has been repeatedly debunked.
Iran denies supplying Houthis with weapons, but evidence is mounting to debunk this.
But these days, Earth Day activists are busy trying to debunk conspiracy theories, such as the one that global warming is a hoax, that are perhaps more worrisome than anything the original 1970 organizers could imagine.
In a 2016 article debunking the myth, Daniel Engber at Slate described the patch as a soup of trillions of pieces of microplastics, which are created as plastic degrades.
Researchers just published a study in Scientific Reports debunking that myth.
Just a few minutes later, Khloé decided to debunk yet another critique of her pregnancy.
This totally debunks the myth that women are the ones who *~fall so fast~* and spend all their time quoting songs about unrequited love.
His team published a study in 2013, for example, that debunked the popular suggestion that children with autism had high rates of Lyme disease.
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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.
give the lie to;
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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