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

Or surely it soon will be discredited by the next Trumpian outrage. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "President Nobama," 16 Jan. 2018 The secured overnight financing rate, or SOFR, is now the leading alternative used by the contracts, as opposed to the discredited London interbank offered rate, known as Libor. Daniel Kruger And Telis Demos, WSJ, "New Benchmark Rate, Gunning to Replace Libor, Gains Traction," 29 Mar. 2019 His investigators and lawyers worked to discredit or intimidate the women and girls who came forward, and the authorities working on the case, according to the Herald. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 The gathering comes as many Catholic bishops and authorities around the world still try to protect the church’s reputation at all costs, denying that priests rape children and discrediting victims even as new abuse cases keep coming to light. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope strives to fight cleric sex abuse with Vatican summit," 20 Feb. 2019 After her New York Times article was published in 2017, Hayek says Weinstein’s initial response was to discredit her and the actress Lupita Nyong’o, who had also accused the producer of harassment. Elizabeth Day, Town & Country, "Salma Hayek Isn't Going to Let Anyone Define Her," 6 Mar. 2019 According to the paper, in the spring of 2017, in the middle of a meeting, Rosenstein proposed secretly recording the President in an effort, apparently, to expose chaos for the Administration and to discredit it. Fox News, "New developments in Tucker's Google investigation; Dean Cain on Hollywood rallying behind Kavanaugh's accuser," 22 Sep. 2018 After relentless legal scrutiny of my mother’s parenting — and efforts to discredit her — she was granted sole custody to protect us from Woody Allen. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Ronan Farrow Dismisses Brother’s Claim About Mia Farrow’s Alleged Abuse," 24 May 2018 But it was discredited after evidence emerged that bank traders were manipulating Libor to make trading profits. Daniel Kruger And Telis Demos, WSJ, "The Benchmark Set to Replace Libor Suffers Volatility Spike," 11 Feb. 2019

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 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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