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discredit

verb dis·cred·it \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of discredit

transitive verb
1 : to refuse to accept as true or accurate : disbelieve
  • discredit a rumor
2 : to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of
  • a discredited theory
3 : to deprive of good repute : disgrace
  • personal attacks meant to discredit his opponent

Examples of discredit in a Sentence

  1. The prosecution discredited the witness by showing that she had lied in the past.

  2. Many of his theories have been thoroughly discredited.

  3. an attempt to discredit the governor

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First Known Use of discredit

1548


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discredit

noun

Definition of discredit

1 : loss of credit (see 1credit 3) or reputation
  • I knew stories to the discredit of England
  • —W. B. Yeats
2 : lack or loss of belief or confidence : doubt
  • contradictions cast discredit on his testimony

Examples of discredit in a Sentence

  1. to his everlasting discredit, the coach was found to have placed bets against his own team

Recent Examples of discredit from the Web

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First Known Use of discredit

1551


DISCREDIT Defined for English Language Learners

discredit

verb

Definition of discredit for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone or something) to seem dishonest or untrue

  • : to damage the reputation of (someone)


discredit

noun

Definition of discredit for English Language Learners

  • : loss of reputation or respect


DISCREDIT Defined for Kids

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discredit

verb dis·cred·it \ dis-ˈkre-dət \

Definition of discredit for Students

discredited; discrediting
1 : to cause to seem dishonest or untrue
  • discredit a report
2 : to harm the reputation of
  • The candidates tried to discredit each other.

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discredit

noun

Definition of discredit for Students

: loss of good name or respect His behavior brought discredit on the family.


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