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

Examples of delegitimize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts who study conspiracy theories say the new claims about Soros are a way to delegitimize the protests and the actual reasons behind them. David Klepper, Anchorage Daily News, "George Soros conspiracy theories surge as protests sweep US," 22 June 2020 Dangerous demagogues use ad hominem appeals to mock and delegitimize legitimate opposition. Jennifer Mercieca, The Conversation, "A field guide to Trump’s dangerous rhetoric," 19 June 2020 Trump’s strategy to address poor polling results is to delegitimize them. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "‘Ignore the polls’: Democrats warn Biden lead over Trump creates false confidence," 8 June 2020 These messages delegitimize the anxiety and heartbreak ripping through our country and the world right now, robbing us of the right to have bad days in the midst of this crisis. Claire Gillespie,, "What Is Toxic Positivity—and Why Are Experts Saying It's Dangerous Right Now?," 22 May 2020 The Israeli government views the B.D.S. movement, which has supporters in many countries including in the United States, as an anti-Semitic plan to delegitimize Israel. Nick Cumming-bruce, New York Times, "U.N. Publishes List of Firms Doing Business With Israeli Settlements," 12 Feb. 2020 The vote proceeded after that probe, and now the only purpose of an ABA re-evaluation would be to join the Democratic political campaign to delegitimize the new Justice and the current Supreme Court. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Democrats Sing, the ABA Dances," 10 Oct. 2018 His attack, like many less obvious ones, is just part of the Left’s concerted effort to delegitimize the court, denigrate its justices, and undermine the legality of its decisions. David Harsanyi, National Review, "Schumer to Gorsuch and Kavanaugh: Nice Little Court, Ya Got There, Hate to See Anything Happen to It …," 5 Mar. 2020 The international outrage to him was artifice, whipped up to delegitimize Bolsonaro. Washington Post, "Arsonists are torching the Amazon. This elite team of firefighters stands in their way.," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Delegitimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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