verb (discredits, discrediting, discredited)[with object]
- 1Harm the good reputation of: his remarks were taken out of context in an effort to discredit him (as adjective discredited) a discredited governmentMore example sentences
disgrace, dishonour, bring into disrepute, damage someone's reputation, blacken someone's name, destroy someone's credibility, drag through the mud/mire, put/show in a bad light, reflect badly on, compromise, give someone a bad name, bring into disfavour; stigmatize, detract from, disparage, denigrate, devalue, diminish, demean, belittle; defame, slander, cast aspersions on, malign, vilify, calumniate, smear, tarnish, besmirch, soil; North American slur• informal do a hatchet job on
- She wanted the President to believe in her innocence, and that she loves the country and she would never do anything to harm or discredit the citizens..
- The defendants engineered an ulterior motive to discredit the claimant's reputation by writing maliciously about him in the practice teacher's report.
- It may be an invention to discredit his posthumous reputation and supporters.
- 1.1Cause (an idea or account) to seem false or unreliable: his explanation for the phenomenon was soon discreditedMore example sentences
disprove, prove false, prove wrong, invalidate, explode, drive a coach and horses through, give the lie to, refute, reject, deny; challenge, dispute, raise doubts about, shake one's faith in• informal debunk, shoot full of holes, shoot down (in flames), blow sky-high, blow out of the water
- In its most common form, this fallacy attempts to discredit an idea or belief by associating it with an undesirable person or a group.
- Can we expect to defeat terrorism without also discrediting the ideas and passions that underlie it?
- After all, why not attempt to discredit a person's thoughts when you have nothing to go with?
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- 1Loss or lack of reputation or respect: they committed crimes which brought discredit upon the administrationMore example sentences
- Within a month he was accused of ‘conduct of a nature to bring discredit upon the military service,’ and his trial began in Washington.
- And if so, then that clearly is the sort of behavior that does bring discredit upon the House and ought to be basis for some action by the Ethics Committee.
- He brings discredit upon himself by using this publication as a forum for his whining.
- 1.1 [count noun] A person or thing that is a source of disgrace: the ships were a discredit to the countryMore example sentences
- The party councillor, also supporting the no confidence motion, said: ‘It is a discredit to the whole chamber.’
- What a discredit to teachers he is.
- It is a discredit to the struggle of the people and a severe slap at the peaceful religion movement.