discredit

verb
dis·​cred·​it | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət How to pronounce discredit (audio) \
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

This irrelevant polygraph sideshow is a publicity stunt by the plaintiff to seek to undermine Judge Moore’s credibility through the expedient of hiring a competing expert to discredit the examiner’s findings of innocence. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al.com, "Corfman lawsuit against Roy Moore ‘theatre of the absurd,’ court filing says," 8 July 2019 And Democrats scream for impeachment while refusing to abandon their precious yet discredited theory that Trump colluded with Russia, even while ranting hysterically over the president’s attempts to control the porous southern border with Mexico. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: A.G. Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 27 June 2019 House Republicans had already started trying to discredit Dean as a witness before Trump's tweets. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Former White House counsel Dean describes parallels between Trump and Nixon," 10 June 2019 Some historians have criticized Garrow’s decision to bring attention to the FBI reports, seeing as the bureau at that time was actively trying to discredit King. oregonlive.com, "Newly released FBI report that claims Martin Luther King Jr. witnessed, ‘laughed’ at a rape leaves historians in quandary," 5 June 2019 The overall economic model is essentially the Democrats’ health-care model writ large: Destroy and discredit what’s there, and then . . Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 And Democrats scream for impeachment while refusing to abandon their precious yet discredited theory that Trump colluded with Russia; even while ranting hysterically over the president’s attempts to control the porous southern border with Mexico. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: AG Bill Barr must find true reasons for Trump/Russia probe," 19 June 2019 Gays being gays sounds a lot like the boys will be boys excuse-making that the #MeToo movement has discredited. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Cruising in the Age of Consent," 19 June 2019 Jane Franklin, Franklin’s wife, led the campaign to discredit those stories, along with the Inuit themselves, Kenny said, and their information was disregarded. Author: Lauren Ellenbecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage Museum explores fate of doomed Franklin expedition in new exhibit," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Originally posted on November 8, 2016: Why Nate Silver and Sam Wang Are Wrong Will the results of the U.S. presidential election discredit or vindicate popular election forecasting models? Quanta Magazine, "Why (Almost) Everyone Was Wrong," 9 Nov. 2016 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

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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 How to pronounce discredit (audio) \
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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