discredit (discredits, present participle discrediting; 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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  1. (countable or uncountable) Discrediting or disbelieving.
  2. (countable) A person or thing that causes harm to a reputation, as of a person, family, or institution.
  3. (uncountable) The state of being discredited or disbelieved.
    Later accounts have brought the story into discredit.
  4. (uncountable) A degree of dishonour or disesteem; ill repute; reproach.
    • 1815, Doctor Rogers, “A good Life the best Ornament of the Christian Profession” (sermon), in Family Lectures: or, a copious Collection of Sermons, F. C. and J. Rivington et al., page 351:
      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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