- to injure the credit or reputation of; defame: an effort to discredit honest politicians.
- to show to be undeserving of trust or belief; destroy confidence in: Later research discredited earlier theories.
- to give no credence to; disbelieve: There was good reason to discredit the witness.
- loss or lack of belief or confidence; disbelief; distrust: His theories met with general discredit.
- loss or lack of repute or esteem; disrepute.
- something that damages a good reputation: This behavior will be a discredit to your good name.
Origin of discredit
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1. disparage, disgrace, tarnish, undermine.
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Examples from the Web for discredit
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
January 8, 2015
I had no memory of the other two, and that information was used to discredit my recollection of what had happened to me.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up
November 17, 2014
One of the things that these enemies of Islam are trying to discredit and eliminate is the hejab.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil
Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights
October 30, 2014
That was the playbook the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth used to discredit then-Sen.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters
October 13, 2014
There was only one of the gentlemen of Spain who never had anyunkindness to his discredit.The Trail Book
I regret to say now that what I have learnt about you is greatly to your discredit, terribly so.People of Position
Stanley Portal Hyatt
It was a true confession; nothing to his own discredit was left out.Murder Point</p>
For what could be more convincing than the argument of Socrates, which has now fallen into discredit?Phaedo
Some one has been pretty busy tellin' things to my discredit for some time.Fair Harbor</p>
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- to damage the reputation of
- to cause to be disbelieved or distrusted
- to reject as untrue or of questionable accuracy
- a person, thing, or state of affairs that causes disgrace
- damage to a reputation
- lack of belief or confidence
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Word Origin and History for discredit
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