delegitimize

verb
de·le·git·i·mize | \ -ˈji-tə-ˌmīz \

Definition of delegitimize 

transitive verb

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

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delegitimization \-ˌji-tə-mə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

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These things will likely be no less successful at keeping the nominee off the court, but will reinforce the larger effort to delegitimize the process and the court. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What are Dems to do about the SupCo?," 27 June 2018 But this does not delegitimize Mr. Trump or the message his voters were trying to send by electing him. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Open Up the Horowitz Secret Appendix," 15 June 2018 Patriotism is the cover for Trump’s true intention, which is to delegitimize protest on behalf of African-American civil rights. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Most Unpatriotic President Ever Says Kneeling NFL Players ‘Shouldn’t Be in the Country’," 24 May 2018 The Israeli government and other critics say the boycott movement is anti-Semitic and aims to delegitimize Israel and undermine its right to exist. Isabel Kershner And Megan Specia, New York Times, "Natalie Portman Backs Out of Israeli Award Ceremony," 20 Apr. 2018 Public confidence in the FBI wouldn’t have plunged without Trump’s campaign to delegitimize federal law enforcement. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Mistake That May Haunt Trump Forever," 9 May 2018 For more than a decade, the BDS movement has been working to delegitimize Israel, using half-truths, white lies, black lies, and polka dot lies. Stu Bykofsky, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra complicit in crimes against Palestinians, says BDS. I say, BS | Stu Bykofsky," 3 May 2018 Nearly two decades after 9/11, America's greatest failure in the war on terrorism has almost certainly been its inability to delegitimize the extremist ideas fueling groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State . chicagotribune.com, "Saudi Arabia can win Islam's war of ideas," 16 Mar. 2018 President Trump and his closest allies have engaged in a not-so-subtle campaign to delegitimize the federal law enforcement officials who are investigating him. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "FBI Director Christopher Wray's implicit dig at President Trump," 13 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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