discredit

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dis- +‎ credit.

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discredit (third-person singular simple present discredits, present participle discrediting, simple past and past participle discredited)

  1. (transitive) To harm the good reputation of a person; to cause an idea or piece of evidence to seem false or unreliable.
    The candidate tried to discredit his opponent.
    The evidence would tend to discredit such a theory.

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discredit (uncountable)

  1. The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved.
    Later accounts have brought the story into discredit.
  2. A degree of dishonour or disesteem; ill repute; reproach.
    • Rogers
      It is the duty of every Christian to be concerned for the reputation or discredit his life may bring on his profession.

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