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Meaning of DISCREDIT

Pronunciation:  dis'kredit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [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"
  2. [v]  reject as false; refuse to accept
  3. [v]  cause to be distrusted or disbelieved; "The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"
  4. [v]  damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"

DISCREDIT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: disbelieve, disgrace, disrepute
 Antonyms: believe, reputation, repute
 See Also: belittle, brush aside, brush off, discount, dishonor, dishonour, dismiss, disparage, disregard, distrust, doubt, ignore, infamy, mistrust, pick at, push aside, reject, suspect



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*cred"it\, n. [Cf. F. discr['e]dit.]
    1. The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of
       being discredited or disbelieved; as, later accounts have
       brought the story into discredit.
    2. Hence, some degree of dishonor or disesteem; ill repute;
       reproach; -- applied to persons or things.
             It is the duty of every Christian to be concerned
             for the reputation or discredit his life may bring
             on his profession.                    --Rogers.
    Syn: Disesteem; disrepute; dishonor; disgrace; ignominy;
         scandal; disbelief; distrust.
  2. \Dis*cred"it\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discredited}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Discrediting}.] [Cf. F. discr['e]diter.]
    1. To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to
       disbelieve; as, the report is discredited.
    2. To deprive of credibility; to destroy confidence or trust
       in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of.
             An occasion might be given to the . . . papists of
             discrediting our common English Bible. --Strype.
    2. To deprive of credit or good repute; to bring reproach
       upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace.
             He. . . least discredits his travels who returns the
             same man he went.                     --Sir H.
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