Definition of debunk in English:

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Pronunciation: /dēˈbəNGk/


[with object]
1Expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief): the magazine that debunks claims of the paranormal
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  • More importantly, it debunks the idea that educational reform is instituted to enhance the skills of the labour force.
  • A very ordinary rural chap (the Mirror piece certainly debunking the idea that he is a reclusive loner), he has understandably won mass public sympathy for the way he was mistreated.
  • You may have heard of professor Richard Wiseman - a British psychologist famous for debunking irrational ideas.
explode, deflate, quash, discredit, disprove, contradict, controvert, invalidate, negate;
challenge, call into question, poke holes in
formal confute
1.1Reduce the inflated reputation of (someone), especially by ridicule: comedy takes delight in debunking heroes
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  • It is not their inclination to debunk combat heroes…
  • It's just not worth debunking someone who has no credibility in the first place.
  • Dr Marshall places Knox in his context and cuts him down to size without debunking him or letting him be effaced by the tumult of his times.



Pronunciation: /ˌdēˈbəNGkər/
Example sentences
  • Here, Lévy offers a genuinely interesting take on the issue, siding, at least partially, with the debunkers of the ‘obesity-as-disease’ myth.
  • Even the great Enlightenment debunkers - Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Heidegger - are criticised by Gray for believing in human exceptionalism and for being too optimistic about man's fate.
  • Sommers is a peerless debunker of feminist myths.


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  • In Newsweek today there's another nice piece of debunkery by Hosenball and Isikoff.
  • For one thing, Beckett treated such portentous interpretations of his work with typical Irish debunkery.
  • I suppose I should warn you that this is not the opinion of a planetary scientist and that if I introduce any more healthy skepticism I risk being accused of outright debunkery!

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Syllabification: de·bunk

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