to injure the credit or reputation of; defame: an effort to discredit honest politicians.
to show to be undeserving of trust or belief; destroy confidence in: Later research discredited earlier theories.
to give no credence to; disbelieve: There was good reason to discredit the witness.
loss or lack of belief or confidence; disbelief; distrust: His theories met with general discredit.
loss or lack of repute or esteem; disrepute.
something that damages a good reputation: This behavior will be a discredit to your good name.
- un·dis·cred·it·ed, adjective
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How to use discredit in a sentence
That this was the publicly offered reason for his failure to appear instead of the fact that he lacked any credibility on the subject is, again, a discredit to the elected officials who invited him.The double self-own of Republicans seeking fraud testimony from a conspiracy theorist | Philip Bump | October 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Banning them from school sports would not make any child’s life better or safer, but it would bring discredit and economic hardship to the state, which likely would lose NCAA and professional championships.Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards vetoes trans youth sports bill | Brody Levesque | June 22, 2021 | Washington Blade
In its attempt to discredit the story, the JPO inadvertently confirmed that fact.
I had no memory of the other two, and that information was used to discredit my recollection of what had happened to me.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything | Liz Seccuro | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Ralph Retort, a paragon of ethical journalism websites, decided to make crowdsourcing stuff to discredit me into a project.Rage Against GamerGate’s Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up | Arthur Chu | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of the things that these enemies of Islam are trying to discredit and eliminate is the hejab.Saudi Activist Manal Al-Sharif on Why She Removed the Veil | Manal Al Sharif, Advancing Human Rights | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
That was the playbook the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth used to discredit then-Sen.The (Sloppy) Swift-Boating of Michigan Democrat Gary Peters | Tim Mak | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is by no means our purpose to seek to throw discredit on any of the great religions of the world.Man And His Ancestor | Charles Morris
Open opposition was impossible, but on the following Sunday an attempt was made to discredit the new ritual by a trick.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
It is observations of this kind, particularly, that have served to discredit craniology as an independent science.Essays In Pastoral Medicine | Austin Malley
They compel their votaries always to run down those who discredit their pretensions.Letters To Eugenia | Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
Buonarrotti, suspicious of the whole design, did his best to discredit Mazzini among his own men.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
British Dictionary definitions for discredit
to damage the reputation of
to cause to be disbelieved or distrusted
to reject as untrue or of questionable accuracy
a person, thing, or state of affairs that causes disgrace
damage to a reputation
lack of belief or confidence
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