dis·​cred·​it·​able | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈkre-də-tə-bəl How to pronounce discreditable (audio) \

Definition of discreditable

: injurious to reputation : disgraceful discreditable conduct

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discreditably \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈkre-​də-​tə-​blē How to pronounce discreditably (audio) \ 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 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, "Who Is the Tyrant?," 18 Aug. 2020 The desire for it is not necessarily wrong or discreditable. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Judge, if You Must, but Curb the Glee: Notes from Las Vegas," 18 July 2019 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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30 Aug 2020

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“Discreditable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discreditable. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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