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DISCREDIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discredit mean? 

DISCREDIT (noun)
  The noun DISCREDIT has 1 sense:

1. the state of being held in low esteem

  Familiarity information: DISCREDIT used as a noun is very rare.


DISCREDIT (verb)
  The verb DISCREDIT has 3 senses:

1. cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
2. damage the reputation of
3. reject as false; refuse to accept

  Familiarity information: DISCREDIT used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCREDIT (noun)


Sense 1discredit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being held in low esteem

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

discredit; disrepute

Context examples:

your actions will bring discredit to your name / because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute

Hypernyms ("discredit" is a kind of...):

dishonor; dishonour (a state of shame or disgrace)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discredit"):

infamy (evil fame or public reputation)


DISCREDIT (verb)


Sense 1discredit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be distrusted or disbelieved

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary

Hypernyms (to "discredit" is one way to...):

brush aside; brush off; discount; dismiss; disregard; ignore; push aside (bar from attention or consideration)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2discredit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Damage the reputation of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

discredit; disgrace

Context example:

This newspaper story discredits the politicians

Hypernyms (to "discredit" is one way to...):

belittle; disparage; pick at (express a negative opinion of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to discredit Sue


Sense 3discredit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reject as false; refuse to accept

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

disbelieve; discredit

Hypernyms (to "discredit" is one way to...):

reject (refuse to accept or acknowledge)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "discredit"):

doubt (consider unlikely or have doubts about)

distrust; mistrust; suspect (regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


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