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

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 In fact, Bolsonaro went as far as to sack the head of Inpe in a dispute over the data, and accused local NGOs (with no evidence) of starting the fires in an effort to discredit his administration. Rose Stokes, refinery29.com, "Environmental Horror & Political Scandal: What You Need To Know About The Amazon Rainforest Fires," 24 Aug. 2019 Republicans on the committees, meanwhile, are expected to try to use the hearings to discredit the Justice Department’s investigation and are likely to raise procedural objections and emphatically defend Trump. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Will Robert Mueller offer fireworks? Bay Area lawmakers will play a key role in the questioning.," 23 July 2019 Innocence Projects around the country have won exoneration of inmates convicted on the basis of bite marks, a strain of forensic analysis that has been largely discredited. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man exonerated after 23 years in prison says detectives, dentists framed him with bogus bite-mark evidence," 24 June 2019 Some of those very same themes that make audiences laugh in his forthcoming special, however, are being used by others to discredit U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "From ‘Aladdin’ to Galaxy’s Edge, how Hollywood interprets Arab culture," 14 June 2019 With deepfakes, the concern among activists and journalists is that the technology will be used to discredit the authenticity of their work and even attack them personally, said Sam Gregory, the program director at Witness. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Deepfake Video of Mark Zuckerberg Goes Viral on Eve of House A.I. Hearing," 12 June 2019 This motion is also not the first time the Bevin administration has sought to discredit Shepherd over a Facebook post. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Bevin administration files motion to remove judge from 'sickout' case over Facebook like," 27 Aug. 2019 In April 2016, Collier filed suit, accusing Bentley of wrongly firing him and orchestrating a smear campaign against him to discredit him. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier retiring; hints at run for Congress," 12 June 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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