Other forms: discredited; discrediting; discredits

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
  1. noun
    the state of being held in low esteem
    “your actions will bring discredit to your name”
    synonyms: disrepute
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    reputation, repute
    the state of being held in high esteem and honor
    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
  2. verb
    damage the reputation of
    “This newspaper story discredits the politicians”
    synonyms: disgrace
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    type of:
    belittle, disparage, pick at
    express a negative opinion of
  3. verb
    reject as false; refuse to accept
    synonyms: disbelieve
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    accept as true; take to be true
    consider unlikely or have doubts about
    disbelieve, distrust, mistrust, suspect
    regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no faith or confidence in
    lack confidence in or have doubts about
    type of:
    refuse to accept or acknowledge
  4. verb
    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
    “The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary”
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    type of:
    brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
    bar from attention or consideration
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