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discredit

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verb dis·cred·it \(ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət\

Definition of discredit

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to refuse to accept as true or accurate :  disbelieve discredit a rumor

  3. 2 :  to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of a discredited theory

  4. 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

1548

First Known Use of discredit

1548


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discredit

noun dis·cred·it

Definition of discredit

  1. 1 :  loss of credit (see 1credit 3) or reputation I knew stories to the discredit of England — W. B. Yeats

  2. 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

1551

First Known Use of discredit

1551


DISCREDIT Defined for English Language Learners

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discredit

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verb dis·cred·it \(ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət\

Definition of discredit for English Language Learners

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

  • : to damage the reputation of (someone)


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discredit

noun dis·cred·it

Definition of discredit for English Language Learners

  • : loss of reputation or respect


DISCREDIT Defined for Kids

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verb dis·cred·it \dis-ˈkre-dət\

Definition of discredit for Students

discredited

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discrediting

  1. 1 :  to cause to seem dishonest or untrue discredit a report

  2. 2 :  to harm the reputation of The candidates tried to discredit each other.


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noun dis·cred·it

Definition of discredit for Students

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



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