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 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 The Anti-Defamation League has labeled the BDS movement anti-Semitic for its efforts to delegitimize Israel. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Founder of BDS movement says protesters can use Israeli coronavirus cure if developed," 6 Apr. 2020 Since even before he was sworn in as president, Trump has viewed the FBI's Russia investigation as a dark cloud over his administration that threatened to delegitimize his claim on the office. Philip Rucker, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Something has to be done’: Trump’s quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe," 16 Feb. 2020 The Biden campaign claimed that the confusion threatened to delegitimize the ultimate results. Time, "The Iowa Caucuses Devolve Into Chaos, With No Winner on Election Night," 4 Feb. 2020 Lacking any defense on the merits, the president wants his allies to delegitimize the impeachment inquiry—and be seen doing it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump Is Using His Ukraine Playbook Against the Senate," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2020

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“Delegitimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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