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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
Gadgets Tech writer Brent Rose debunks a study claiming smartphones are as good as wearables at tracking activity.
With the Democrats incapable of consistently debunking this rolling farce, let alone attracting any media space to promote their alternatives, the press is the only viable opposition.
But first, a word from history maven Richard Campanella, who has debunked the May 7 date for the founding of New Orleans.
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In other words, debunking efforts should focus on these newbie joiners.
Establish a Routine Swift is committed to debunking the idea that older athletes shouldn’t train hard or with intensity.
USGS’s Muhlfeld, who’s experienced in otolith chemistry work, said Koel’s theory could be proven or debunked in a laboratory by doing another otolith study.
After all, presidents say things all the time that outsiders cannot immediately verify or debunk.
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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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