AskDefine | Define discredit

Dictionary Definition

discredit n : the state of being held in low esteem; "your actions will bring discredit to your name"; "because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute" [syn: disrepute] [ant: repute]

Verb

1 cause to be distrusted or disbelieved; "The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"
2 damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians" [syn: disgrace]
3 reject as false; refuse to accept [syn: disbelieve] [ant: believe]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. 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.

Derived terms

Translations

harm reputation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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