debunk

[ dih-buhngk ]
/ dɪˈbʌŋk /
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verb (used with object)

to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated: to debunk advertising slogans.

Origin of debunk

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

/ (diːˈbʌŋk) /

verb

(tr) informal to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Derived Formsdebunker, noun

Word Origin for debunk

C20: from de- + bunk ²
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Word Origin and History for debunker

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.

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