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
Present meticulously collected data debunking the claims that black criminality was the cause of white mob violence.
Ars covered that tragedy and has repeatedly debunked homeopathy, as have others.
Probably doesn’t help the president any to see that his tweet was debunked by New York Times writer Glenn Thrush shortly after it was posted: Also doesn’t help that no one believes this president.
There are substitutions, frequently asked questions, a blog, a calorie count, a link to like them on Facebook and a review that fights back against nutritionists who debunk the diet.
Scott Brown, executive director of Winding Trails, said this project is important in debunking the myth that snapping turtles are aggressive animals.
Data from the Investment Company Institute debunks the idea that Millennials are way behind in investing compared with Baby Boomers at a similar stage in their lives.
Odom debunked Smith’s assessment of the situation and asked for some form of response from ESPN.
Recent research findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition debunk this foolishness again.
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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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