re·​le·​git·​i·​mize (ˌ)rē-li-ˈji-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce relegitimize (audio)
relegitimized; relegitimizing

transitive verb

: to give new or renewed legitimacy to (something) : to legitimize (something) again
… a means of relegitimizing their authority with their own people.James H. Billington

Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relegitimize was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Relegitimize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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