delegitimize

verb
de·​le·​git·​i·​mize | \ ˌdē-lə-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce delegitimize (audio) \
delegitimized; delegitimizing; delegitimizes

Definition of delegitimize

transitive verb

: to diminish or destroy the legitimacy, prestige, or authority of delegitimize a government

Other Words from delegitimize

delegitimization \ ˌdē-​lə-​ˌji-​tə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce delegitimize (audio) \ noun

Examples of delegitimize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some hosts on the network also partially embraced Trump’s ceaseless efforts to delegitimize the 2020 election and remain in office. Jeremy Barr, Washington Post, 30 July 2022 Instead, Trump has endorsed former Sen. David Purdue, who lost his Senate seat in January to Democrat Jon Ossoff due at least in part to Trump's relentless quest to delegitimize election results. David Faris, The Week, 1 Jan. 2022 One way that people try to delegitimize protests, or try to justify police repression, is by calling an event violent. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2022 Conservatives like Zemmour openly use the doctrine as a tool to delegitimize Islam. New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Brooks, a six-term congressman from north Alabama, was a key Trump ally in the events around Jan. 6, 2021, and continues to try to delegitimize the 2020 election. ABC News, 23 May 2022 Gangs use social media to promote themselves, push narratives, show their strength, delegitimize state institutions and recruit members. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 11 June 2022 The formal accusation of professional misconduct makes Paxton one of the highest-profile attorneys to face a potential threat to their law license for a role in former President Donald Trump’s effort to delegitimize his defeat. Jake Bleiberg, Chron, 25 May 2022 The formal accusation of professional misconduct makes Paxton one of the highest-profile attorneys to face a potential threat to their law license for a role in former President Donald Trump's effort to delegitimize his defeat. CBS News, 25 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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7 Aug 2022

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“Delegitimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delegitimize. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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