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 impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings that began last month is well underway now, despite the White House’s efforts to delegitimize the probe. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump officials who defy subpoenas could go to jail, and more," 12 Oct. 2019 Trump came to see the ensuing investigations of his campaign's possible ties to Russia as part of an effort to delegitimize his presidency. Anchorage Daily News, "Texts show push to strong-arm Ukraine," 5 Oct. 2019 This resolution makes clear that Congress remains committed to a two-state solution and opposes zero-sum efforts to delegitimize the state of Israel. Fox News, "Members of Israeli parliament to Congress: Resolution opposing Israel boycott is 'dangerous to Israel'," 13 Aug. 2019 Supporters believe that the movement is a non-violent approach to protesting Israel's military rule over occupied territories, while Israel believes the goal of the campaign is to delegitimize the state and eventually eliminate it altogether. Fortune, "What Is BDS? Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Explained," 19 Aug. 2019 Writing about history is great, but a project intended to delegitimize mankind’s grandest experiment in human liberty & self-governance is divisive, yes. J. Brian Charles, Vox, "What the conservative critics of the New York Times’s 1619 Project miss.," 18 Aug. 2019 But Georgia was passing laws to delegitimize the Cherokee Nation's government and ripping its homes away from the Cherokee people. oregonlive, "Cherokee Nation picks rep. for Congress, promised by US government nearly 200 years ago," 26 Aug. 2019 Critics say the effort aims to delegitimize Israel and ultimately erase it from the map, replacing it with a binational state. Lisa Mascaro, Twin Cities, "Israel bars entry of U.S. congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib," 15 Aug. 2019 Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, both of whom support the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement that seeks to punish Israel and delegitimize the country. Anthony Man,, "South Florida congressman condemns Donald Trump’s claims that Jews who vote for Democrats are disloyal," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of delegitimize

1968, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2019

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The first known use of delegitimize was in 1968

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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