discredit

Discredit means to cause mistrust or cast the accuracy of something into doubt. If you say that schooling is important to you, but you never study, your actions discredit you and your words.

You discredit what someone says when you choose not to believe it. You can discredit the rumors going around about your boyfriend if you are sure of his love. On a more personal level, you discredit people when you cast their authority or reputation into doubt. If you're running a tough race for class president, your opponent may try to discredit you by talking about your failures or even making up lies about you. But this would be to the discredit of your opponent — his or her own reputation would suffer for this bad behavior.

Definitions of discredit
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n the state of being held in low esteem

“your actions will bring discredit to your name”
Synonyms:
disrepute
Antonyms:
reputation, repute
the state of being held in high esteem and honor
Types:
infamy
evil fame or public reputation
ill fame, notoriety
the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality
Type of:
dishonor, dishonour
a state of shame or disgrace

v damage the reputation of

“This newspaper story discredits the politicians”
Synonyms:
disgrace
Type of:
belittle, disparage, pick at
express a negative opinion of

v reject as false; refuse to accept

Synonyms:
disbelieve
Antonyms:
believe
accept as true; take to be true
Types:
doubt
consider unlikely or have doubts about
distrust, mistrust, suspect
regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
doubt
lack confidence in or have doubts about
Type of:
reject
refuse to accept or acknowledge

v cause to be distrusted or disbelieved

“The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary”
Type of:
brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
bar from attention or consideration

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