discredit

verb
dis·cred·it | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-dət \

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

Contorting itself even further to accommodate incomprehensible rights could discredit the court with a strong majority of the American people. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump Blows Away a Penumbra," 4 July 2018 Perhaps unsurprisingly, in the days since Crews shared his Senate testimony, a number of his peers have taken to the internet to discredit his experiences—and his manhood. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Terry Crews and the Discomfort of Masculine Anxiety," 29 June 2018 At the time, his Flynn Intel Group embarked on a project aimed at discrediting Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is living in Pennsylvania. Julie Bykowicz, WSJ, "Mike Flynn’s Lawyers Say He Is No Longer Joining Consulting Firm," 10 July 2018 The practice has netted millions of dollars over the years and spawned a mini literary genre that regularly fills up reporters’ in boxes: the news release touting a monetary recovery from another shady, discredited company’s business practice. Greg Moran, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Appeals court ruling could affect DA-driven consumer lawsuits," 6 July 2018 This is an old pattern and a discreditable (and discredited) one. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The Red Hen Affair: Demands for 'civility' are almost always aimed at shutting down free speech," 25 June 2018 But that report was shelved, then discredited by another study. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "For Veteran John Kirchner, It's 40 Years And Counting," 11 June 2018 Perhaps, in other words, discrediting seduction should be counted among the many unassailable gains of the #MeToo movement. Laura Kipnis, The Cut, "Should There Be a Future for Seduction?," 10 June 2018 That report, which the Oregon State Police and the governor later discredited as outdated, also found marijuana production in Oregon far outpaces demand. Noelle Crombie, OregonLive.com, "Black market, overproduction among U.S. Attorney's pot priorities," 18 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Ashley Killough, CNN, "Sen. Bob Menendez 'severely admonished' by Senate Ethics Committee," 26 Apr. 2018 As such, your actions reflected discredit upon the Senate. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Dem Sen. Menendez 'severely admonished' by Senate ethics committee, told to repay gifts," 26 Apr. 2018 The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "This Fitness Influencer's Underwear Trick Can Completely Change the Appearance of Your Butt," 28 Mar. 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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