discredit discredit  /dɪs ˈkrɛ dət/


  1. (n) the state of being held in low esteem
  2. (v) cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
  3. (v) damage the reputation of
  4. (v) reject as false; refuse to accept



  1. For the PTI story, at least 10 attorneys and six private detectives were unleashed by Scientology and its followers in an effort to threaten, harass and discredit me.
  2. Some conservatives are trying to use doubts about such therapy to discredit the use of birth-control pills, which contain similar compounds.
  3. For their part, defense lawyers tried to discredit some of Smillie's testimony as gossip and rumor and questioned his status as an expert.


  1. 'Moral Monday' protesters fire back at critics

    Organizers of the so-called, "Moral Monday" protests are firing back at attempts to discredit them.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: ABC11 Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville

  2. Morning Media Mix

    Blame the journalist! "The moment something goes wrong after an interview, the response—publicist-advised or not—is to just discredit the reporter, and that's actually quite disgusting" writes Choire Sicha in a post on The Awl, which criticizes interview subjects for false claiming to have been misquoted. ( The Awl ) Michael Hastings's death is already sparking conspiracy theories. ( NY Mag ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The New York Observer

  3. Johnathon Banks: I believe you’re going to see the same thing as the last time

    “I don’t consider the last fight with Mitchell an upset,” says heavyweight Johnathon Banks on his shock second round KO win over previously unbeaten Seth Mitchell last November. “For me to say it was an upset would be a discredit to myself. I don’t like upsets in my life.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Fightnews.com


  1. "It's about time someone in the Bush Administration has been held accountable for the campaign to manipulate intelligence and discredit war critics," Harry Reid, the Democratic Senate Leader, said.
    on Mar 6, 2007 By: Harry Reid Source: Times Online

  2. As the GMC announced its sanctions, Dr Wakefield said: "Efforts to discredit and silence me through the GMC process have provided a screen to shield the government from exposure on the MMR vaccine scandal."
    on May 24, 2010 By: Andrew Wakefield Source: BBC News

  3. Rather than discuss the substance of the book, former and current Bush aides "sought to turn it into a game of 'gotcha,' misrepresenting what I wrote and seeking to discredit me though inaccurate personal attacks," McClellan told the House...
    on Jun 20, 2008 By: Scott McClellan Source: USA Today

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /