discredit

verb
dis·​cred·​it | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət \
discredited; discrediting; discredits

Definition of discredit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

discredit

noun

Definition of discredit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : loss of credit (see credit entry 1 sense 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

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Examples of discredit in a Sentence

Verb

The prosecution discredited the witness by showing that she had lied in the past. Many of his theories have been thoroughly discredited. an attempt to discredit the governor

Noun

to his everlasting discredit, the coach was found to have placed bets against his own team
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The attacks on my character continued, spilling over outside the courtroom steps attempting to discredit me, and cast me in false light. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 Now all of a sudden there is a concentrated smear campaign against him in a deliberate attempt to discredit his work? Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Powerful House Republican Implicated in College Sex Abuse Scandal," 3 July 2018 The case has shocked the Russian human rights community, which sees it as an attempt to discredit his work commemorating Stalin’s victims. Washington Post, "New fears in Russia as researcher of Stalin purges arrested," 30 June 2018 President Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen accused Stormy Daniels' attorney Wednesday of improperly acquiring Cohen's bank records and releasing false information about his finances in an attempt to discredit him. Michael Finnegan, latimes.com, "Michael Cohen attacks Stormy Daniels' lawyer over bank records disclosure," 10 May 2018 Sanders’ supporters, meanwhile, will see another attempt from centrist Democrats to discredit a man whose support from young voters crossed racial lines. Anne Branigin, The Root, "In Event Honoring MLK, Bernie Sanders’ Comments on Race and Barack Obama Raise Eyebrows," 6 Apr. 2018 Trump, by contrast, could end up simply discrediting the whole idea of an outsider presidency. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 This is an important point that may serve to counteract the opportunistic narrative that Republicans are pushing in order to discredit Dr. Ford. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "9 Powerful Quotes from Christine Blasey Ford's Hearing," 27 Sep. 2018 These distressing allegations bring unwelcome dishonor and embarrassment to our department and the city of Akron and unfairly discredit the reputation of other Akron firefighters. Matthew Diebel, USA TODAY, "Firefighters accused of making pornography at Akron, Ohio, fire station," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After 12 years of what some consider undeserving discredit, scientists are now re-claiming Pluto as a planet. Janay Moore, Teen Vogue, "Pluto Should Be a Planet Again According to These Scientists," 11 Sep. 2018 Sorry, but such double standards discredit #Metoo The answer to male privilege is not female privilege. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Our Reaction to Asia Argento Proves the Power Imbalance of #MeToo," 24 Aug. 2018 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump to deliver first-time speech on drug prices in early May," 27 Apr. 2018 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump to deliver first-time speech on drug prices in early May," 27 Apr. 2018 The request to the Office of Congressional Ethics said questions of dishonesty can bring discredit to the House in violation of House rules. Washington Post, "Additional ex-wrestlers at Ohio State defend congressman," 10 July 2018 The request Monday to the Office of Congressional Ethics said questions of dishonesty can bring discredit to the House in violation of House rules. Kantele Franko, The Seattle Times, "Ethics review sought as ex-coaches at Ohio St. defend Jordan," 9 July 2018 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump to deliver first-time speech on drug prices in early May," 27 Apr. 2018 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump to deliver first-time speech on drug prices in early May," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of discredit

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of discredit was in 1548

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More Definitions for discredit

discredit

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discredit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to damage the reputation of (someone)

discredit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discredit (Entry 2 of 2)

: loss of reputation or respect

discredit

verb
dis·​cred·​it | \ dis-ˈkre-dət \
discredited; discrediting

Kids Definition of discredit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

discredit

noun

Kids Definition of discredit (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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