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
Other employees of the insurance giant, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, tried to debunk talks of the move.
Alex Seitz-Wald, Oliver Darcy, David Weigel, to name a few — had debunked.
Inside JFK's Five-Year Campaign, by journalists Thomas Oliphant and Curtis Wilkie, debunks some of the conventional wisdom about Kennedy's rise and adds new details.
Soon afterward, White House press secretary Sean Spicer appeared to leap on Juncker’s comments to debunk the story.
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.
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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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