debunk

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Etymology[edit]

de- +‎ bunk (from bunkum) 1923

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /diːˈbʌŋk/, /diːˈbʊŋk/
  • (US) enPR: dĭ-bŭngkʹ, dē-bŭngkʹ, IPA(key): /dɪˈbʌŋk/, /ˌdiːˈbʌŋk/
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋk

Verb[edit]

debunk (third-person singular simple present debunks, present participle debunking, simple past and past participle debunked)

  1. (transitive) To discredit, or expose to ridicule the falsehood or the exaggerated claims of something
    Sailing round the world debunked the theory that the earth was flat.
    Debunking the myth of the American West.
    That bullshit has already been debunked.
    A myth that has long been debunked.
    The explosion story was thoroughly debunked on National Public Radio in November 1999.

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