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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
Those thinking about relaunching their careers in a different direction are encouraged to attend a talk at General Assembly debunking common myths about career changes and reinventing yourself.
His ideas have since been widely debunked by modern science.
Additionally, claims that waist trainers help with weight loss have been repeatedly debunked by doctors and scientists.
The very notion that the government is better placed to make food choices for families than the families themselves has been debunked at length.
Multiple medical groups and judges dismissed his research as seriously flawed, and the vaccine-autism link has been repeatedly debunked.
While scholars, scientists and modern Mayans alike tried to debunk the myth and inform people that finish of the calendar simply represented the dawn of a new era, the apocalypse sparked a conspiracy craze among the public.
And this handy chart from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis debunks the myth that the Internet has starved state and local governments of tax revenue.
And Facebook this week announced a partnership with The Associated Press to identify and debunk false and misleading stories about the midterm elections.
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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
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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