[ dis-kred-it ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to injure the credit or reputation of; defame: an effort to discredit honest politicians.

  2. to show to be undeserving of trust or belief; destroy confidence in: Later research discredited earlier theories.

  1. to give no credence to; disbelieve: There was good reason to discredit the witness.

  1. loss or lack of belief or confidence; disbelief; distrust: His theories met with general discredit.

  2. loss or lack of repute or esteem; disrepute.

  1. something that damages a good reputation: This behavior will be a discredit to your good name.

Origin of discredit

First recorded in 1550–60; dis-1 + credit

Other words for discredit

Other words from discredit

  • un·dis·cred·it·ed, adjective

Words Nearby discredit

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How to use discredit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discredit


/ (dɪsˈkrɛdɪt) /

  1. to damage the reputation of

  2. to cause to be disbelieved or distrusted

  1. to reject as untrue or of questionable accuracy

  1. a person, thing, or state of affairs that causes disgrace

  2. damage to a reputation

  1. lack of belief or confidence

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