dis·​cred·​it·​able (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-də-tə-bəl How to pronounce discreditable (audio)
: injurious to reputation : disgraceful
discreditable conduct
discreditably adverb

Examples of discreditable in a Sentence

the discreditable conduct of drunken college students celebrating a win by their team
Recent Examples on the Web Any review of these discreditable events requires recognition of an antidote to this foolishness. Kevin Rennie, Hartford Courant, 13 Jan. 2024 Now, the previous autobiographical snippet, like those of the other three men, may have omitted certain discreditable matters. William T. Vollmann, Harper's Magazine, 16 Oct. 2023 Botanists have been amenable to renaming species that carry the names of discredited and discreditable individuals; a vote on changes to the naming code is scheduled for a botanical congress next summer. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 Even if that's true, his role is discreditable. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 10 Sep. 2021 Nevertheless, before looking at the technique’s long, discreditable history, we should be reminded that true socialism is defined as a belief that the means of production should be publicly, not privately, owned. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2021 What is important is that the public has seen enough brutality by police to believe all sorts of discreditable tales about them, and the reputation of the force suffers accordingly. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 The desire for it is not necessarily wrong or discreditable. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 18 July 2019 This is an old pattern and a discreditable (and discredited) one. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 25 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1577, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of discreditable was in 1577

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“Discreditable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discreditable. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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