Dictionary.com

debunk

[ dih-buhngk ]
/ dɪˈbʌŋk /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: debunk / debunked / debunking on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object)
to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON "IS" VS. "ARE"
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Origin of debunk

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; de- + bunk2

OTHER WORDS FROM debunk

de·bunk·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use debunk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for debunk

debunk
/ (diːˈbʌŋk) /

verb
(tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule

Derived forms of debunk

debunker, noun

Word Origin for debunk

C20: from de- + bunk ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK