verb (used with object)
to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.
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- debtor nation,
- debulking operation,
- debussy, claude,
- debussy, claude achille
Origin of debunk
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Examples from the Web for debunker
He is the antidote to Tom Brokaw, and if not the debunker of “The Greatest Generation” at least its conscience.
(tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Word Origin for debunk
C20: from de- + bunk ²
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