Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

debunk

[dih-buhngk]
See more synonyms for debunk on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object)
  1. to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.
Show More

Origin of debunk

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; de- + bunk2
Related formsde·bunk·er, noun

Synonyms for debunk

See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for debunk

disparage, puncture, mock, demystify, expose, unmask, discover, deflate, lampoon, uncloak, unshroud

Examples from the Web for debunk

Contemporary Examples of debunk


British Dictionary definitions for debunk

debunk

verb
  1. (tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Show More
Derived Formsdebunker, 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

Word Origin and History for debunk

v.

1923, from de- + bunk (n.2); first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things." Related: Debunked; debunking.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper