delegitimize

verb

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

transitive verb

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

Examples of delegitimize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More recently, officials have sought to delegitimize the agency and have proposed dismantling it altogether. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 Trump's statements, which have sought to delegitimize and politicize the actions of the courts, is serving as a key driver of the violent rhetoric. Jacob Rosen, CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 The United States should therefore cease delegitimizing those efforts and instead welcome them as beneficial to the prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Matthew Duss, Foreign Affairs, 27 Nov. 2023 The reveal — made by none other than Strom Thurmond on the Senate floor — is an attempt to delegitimize the Civil Rights movement just as the march is ramping up. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 8 Dec. 2023 Such measures can help delegitimize the use of dubious offsets, which is already driving some firms to reduce their reliance on them. Jessica F. Green, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 This only delegitimizes and dehumanizes Palestinian voices and stories. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2023 Clark would later cite the conversation as part of his push to use Justice Department authority to delegitimize the Georgia election, according to testimony and contemporaneous notes gathered by congressional investigators. Isaac Stanley-Becker, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Sep. 2023 For as long as Black women are devalued and delegitimized, so too will humanity. Time, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of delegitimize was in 1968

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“Delegitimize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delegitimize. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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