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 delegitimization (audio) \ noun

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Others in the Department of Justice, perhaps leaking this as a way to delegitimize Rod Rosenstein, and perhaps play into the president's hand in terms of giving an excuse to get rid of him. Fox News, "Rosenstein pushes back against New York Times report," 21 Sep. 2018 Xi believed these trends would delegitimize the CCP and end China’s successful rejuvenation. Kishore Mahbubani, Harper's magazine, "What China Threat?," 10 Feb. 2019 On who can dispense drugs, on what clinical tests are required first, on how far along the pregnancy can be—the rules are all designed to delay, deter, and delegitimize. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Telemedicine Makes It Safe to Get Abortion Drugs in the Mail," 5 June 2019 His $1 million award was to be given to initiatives that combat anti-Semitism and efforts to delegitimize Israel. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution," 22 Feb. 2019 But the president should consider another factor: There is a concerted effort to delegitimize his presidency, an effort that appears to have included some in the highest reaches of the government. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Save Yourself, Mr. President," 13 Aug. 2018 On Sunday, The New York Times published a report describing President Donald Trump's administration's ongoing efforts to delegitimize the transgender community. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Donald Trump Is Still Selling a LGBTQ Pride Shirt Despite Anti-Transgender Policy," 22 Oct. 2018 Polling has also shown the vast majority of Republicans believe the FBI is working to delegitimize Trump — a narrative that has been pushed using dubious readings of then-FBI agent Peter Strzok's text messages and other tools. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Trey Gowdy’s total rebuke of Trump’s ‘spying’ narrative — and the pattern it fits," 30 May 2018 Openly propagandist media companies emerge, fake news surges, while the president uses the powers of his office to attack, delegitimize, and discredit other media sources, even to the point of threatening a company like Amazon. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "A Democracy Disappears," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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