• WordNet 3.6
    • adj discreditable tending to bring discredit or disrepute; blameworthy "his marks were not at all discreditable"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a discreditable Not creditable; injurious to reputation; disgraceful; disreputable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discreditable Tending to injure credit or reputation; disreputable; disgraceful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Discreditable not creditable: disgraceful
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.”


In literature:

It is the soul of the effort that counts, and the disasters do not discredit '98 in Irish eyes.
"The Glories of Ireland" by Edited by Joseph Dunn and P.J. Lennox
And then the story is so very discreditable.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
They fought against war, discredited cannibalism, abolished slavery.
"The Long White Cloud" by William Pember Reeves
Alcalde Bartlett had been discredited, though not officially, since his return from capture by the rancheros.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
It must not be discredited on that account.
"The Shadow of the Rope" by E. W. Hornung
Cock Lane Ghost discredited.
"Cock Lane and Common-Sense" by Andrew Lang
He even published a retort, which was discreditably abusive.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II" by John T. Morse
He had seen pictures of bears, but knew of nothing to their discredit and had vaguely wished to meet one.
"The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Vol. II: In the Midst of Life: Tales of Soldiers and Civilians" by Ambrose Bierce
If so, then Rowe must have discredited it, else, surely, he would not have omitted so remarkable a passage.
"Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I." by H. N. Hudson
The general acceptance and the use of the silver certificate show that silver has not been otherwise discredited.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison

In poetry:

Who used to drag her here and there
Wherever his fancies led,
And point out pale phantasmal things,
And talk of vain vague purposings
That she discredited.
"I Rose Up As My Custom Is" by Thomas Hardy
I think Earth has discredited
Itself in God's good sight:
He does not care to have souls bred,
Where peace, and love, and joy are fled,
Until we set things right.
"Discredited" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"So one who never revelled in discreditable tricks
Until he reached the comfortable age of thirty-six,
May then for half an hour perpetrate a deed of shame,
Without incurring permanent disgrace, or even blame.
"Mister William" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

"'The Osbournes' Discredited Who My Father Is".
Once- discredited Valcke resurfaces as FIFA's new general secretary.
The Obama administration has decided to stick with Secure Communities, the discredited but rapidly growing immigration-enforcement program that has helped it deport a million people in the last two and a half years.
Daniel Cole's observations on the indispensability of religious sentiments to motivate good works contain not only discredited presumptions but also a double standard ("Charity and prayer are integral to sustaining our culture", July 3).
P aul Krugman continues his campaign to discredit the economic success of Texas, and, as usual, he is none too particular about the facts.
IRI vs 'Government in Exile': Foiling a Plot or Trying to Discredit Greens.
Downgrading Prince Andrew from his special trade role would be the 'wrong step', despite his controversial dealings with a discredited businessman, according to one senior public affairs figure.
Richard Posner's feeble defense of his incompetent and smearing review of Justice Scalia and Bryan Garner's new book on legal interpretation is, fittingly, further discrediting him.
Lawyers for three Occupy Oakland activists arrested for robbery say the charges are a blatant attempt by Oakland police to discredit and intimidate them.
Ken Caldeira devised simulations to discredit geoengineering.
In the six years since the Branch Davidian compound went up in flames on April 19, 1993, the two men have waged an obsessive quest to discredit the official account of what happened.
Uselton was sent to prison based on questionable testimony from the discredited toxicologist .
Scientists find evidence discrediting theory Amazon was virtually unlivable .
Professor Rogin's first book, The Intellectuals and McCarthy: The Radical Specter, told us much about the liberal mind by reviewing its effort to discredit populism by tying it to McCarthy.
Bigfoot researchers are worried that the hype discredits real yeti research.

In science:

The results described here should not be seen as an attempt to discredit or disparage the previous work by Miller (1999), rather, it is simply a matter of a result with very important implications requiring confirmation, especially in an independent data set.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Forecaster wins the game if he either discredits Random Number Generator or Sceptic does not detect serious disagreement between the forecasts and the outcomes.
Continuous and randomized defensive forecasting: unified view
Both conditions (“simple” and “neg event “the first bit is a tail ” is simple but has probability 1 /2, so it does not discredit the coin.
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability
On the other hand, every sequence of outcomes has negligible probability 2−1000 , but if it is not simple, its appearance does not discredits the fair coin assumption.
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability
One of the possible ways to eliminate complexity in this picture is to say that a hypothesis is discredited if we observe a very unprobable event that was speci fied in advance (before the experiment).
Algorithmic Information Theory and Foundations of Probability