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 discreditable (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 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 Some people voted for Brexit for discreditable reasons. The Economist, 21 June 2018 Smith's legacy will be long-lasting and entirely discreditable. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, 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, 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, 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of discreditable

1577, in the meaning defined above

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“Discreditable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discreditable. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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