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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.
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Origin of debunk

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

OTHER WORDS FROM debunk

de·bunk·er, noun
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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
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