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

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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 Wu added that this allowed lawmakers to delegitimize the Black community’s grievances and justify the growing mass incarceration system. NBC News, 14 May 2021 While expanding the Supreme Court would delegitimize the institution—the last rational federal institution in the U.S.—the existence of the commission is itself a way to intimidate the current Supreme Court justices. WSJ, 4 May 2021 This would delegitimize the Supreme Court, which would be bad for the country as a whole. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, 23 Sep. 2020 This kind of criticism – attempting to delegitimize the press – serves to undermine trust in the work that journalists do. Kevin M. Lerner, The Conversation, 29 Mar. 2021 And those means include the utilization of narratives, including conspiracy theories, that delegitimize Democrats and offer hope of their eventual comeuppance. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 5 Feb. 2021 The question is why is corporate America so eager to delegitimize conservative views? Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner, 14 Jan. 2021 None of this excuses Mr. Trump’s attempts to delegitimize Mr. Biden’s victory on Nov. 3. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 13 Dec. 2020 Elections Minister Mathias Pierre said the opposition had a habit of trying to delegitimize elections and the more democratic way forward would be to engage in the process. Andre Paultre And Sarah Marsh, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Delegitimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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