dis·​cred·​it·​able | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-də-tə-bəl \

Definition of discreditable

: injurious to reputation : disgraceful discreditable conduct

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discreditably \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈkre-​də-​tə-​blē \ adverb

Examples of discreditable in a Sentence

the discreditable conduct of drunken college students celebrating a win by their team

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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 Some people voted for Brexit for discreditable reasons. The Economist, "Podsnappery and its reverse," 21 June 2018 Smith's legacy will be long-lasting and entirely discreditable. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Good riddance to Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex., the most noxious climate change denier in Congress," 3 Nov. 2017 Keosian further observed that the history of courts’ allowing public prejudices to govern libel law is long and discreditable. Michael Hiltzik, chicagotribune.com, "By tossing a Richard Simmons libel case, a judge strikes a blow against transgender discrimination," 5 Sep. 2017 But those who make them in earnest are deemed so discreditable that the claims themselves have mostly been removed from public debate. Thomas Healy, The Atlantic, "Who's Afraid of Free Speech?," 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of discreditable

1577, in the meaning defined above

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