Definition of delegitimize in English:

delegitimize

Syllabification: de·le·git·i·mize
Pronunciation: /ˌdēləˈjidəˌmīz
 
/

verb

[with object]
Withdraw legitimate status or authority from (someone or something): political efforts to delegitimize nuclear weapons
More example sentences
  • ‘We're moving away from more than five decades of efforts to delegitimize the use of nuclear weapons,’ he warned.
  • In the end, it wasn't the musical subcultures that were delegitimized but Soviet authority.
  • Prosecutors delegitimize this status by using it to extract plea bargains

Derivatives

delegitimization

Pronunciation: /-ˌjitəməˈzāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • But it's also another small step in the delegitimization of the very idea that the out-of-power party has the right to oppose the party in power.
  • This sort of delegitimization of terrorism, I think, is courageous.
  • The end of the Cold War, therefore, was less a ‘victory’ of one side over the other than a joint process of delegitimization, the dissolution of two separate political imaginaries.

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