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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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 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

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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