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

Late last year, the New York Times reported that Facebook had hired an opposition research firm to discredit critics by linking them to philanthropist George Soros. Washington Post, "Facebook wants to find you a soul mate. Will users trust the company with their secrets?," 8 Sep. 2019 Despite Mueller's pushback against the president and his defense of his own investigation, the testimony may even undercut the party's push for impeachment and hand Trump and Republicans a new talking point in trying to discredit the two-year probe. Anchorage Daily News, "Mueller answers Trump in testimony unlikely to change political dynamic," 25 July 2019 But Trump has already been firing warning shots at House Democrats and attempting to discredit Mueller in the days leading up to the hearing. Alana Abramson, Time, "Mueller’s Testimony Isn’t Expected to Deliver Bombshells. Here’s Why It Still Matters," 24 July 2019 Many Republicans will try to discredit Mueller’s report by painting him as a rogue, partisan prosecutor. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Please Don’t Blow the Mueller Hearings," 23 July 2019 Amid revelations that Facebook hired an opposition research firm to discredit its critics by linking them to Soros, this looks pretty bad. Emily Stewart, Vox, "There are many reasons to be mad at Sheryl Sandberg. Asking about Soros’s Facebook interests isn’t one of them.," 30 Nov. 2018 So supporters of the president call it that to distract from the Russia investigation and discredit Bob Mueller. Fox News, "Trump: NFL owners did the right thing," 25 May 2018 Gascón sought the bill after a dispute with San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, whose attorneys had revealed the immigration status of alleged crime victims in several court cases in an effort to discredit them. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "Brown signs bill protecting undocumented immigrants in California courts," 17 May 2018 Sooner or later someone’s not going to live up to that, and it will be used to discredit everyone else who may be telling the truth. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "The Handmaid’s Tale Author Margaret Atwood on #MeToo: 'Believe All Women? I Don’t Believe All Anything'," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation. Zainab Fattah, Fortune, "Iran Says It Shot Down a U.S. Drone Amid Escalating Tensions in the Oil Region," 20 June 2019 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 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. Ashley Killough, CNN, "Sen. Bob Menendez 'severely admonished' by Senate Ethics Committee," 26 Apr. 2018 The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Trey Gowdy: Democrats May Be Tricking Trump Into Hiding Parts of Their Memo," 7 Feb. 2018 The contents of this memo do not - in any way - discredit his investigation. Billy House, Bloomberg.com, "GOP Releases Disputed Memo Saying FBI Misled Judge in Trump Case," 2 Feb. 2018 To her discredit, Judge Aquilina abdicated her role as an impartial arbiter and became instead a tribune for prosecutors and the victims. Andrew Cohen, New Republic, "Judging Larry Nassar," 25 Jan. 2018 The regrettable attack on Nat (King) Cole in Birmingham by a band of hoodlums redounds to the everlasting discredit of those who foster race prejudice. AL.com, "The night Nat King Cole was beaten on a Birmingham stage," 11 Jan. 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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