debunk

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v debunk expose while ridiculing; especially of pretentious or false claims and ideas "The physicist debunked the psychic's claims"
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Usage

In literature:

In 1873 Mark Twain led the van of the debunkers, scraping the gilt off the lily in the Gilded Age.
"1601 Conversation as it was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors" by Mark Twain
They were afraid of the debunkers, under whose shadow they had grown up.
"Proclaim Liberty!" by Gilbert Seldes
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In news:

But Twitter users debunk repair claims in real time.
Could machine -learning algorithms help debunk Twitter rumors before they spread.
Could machine-learning algorithms help debunk Twitter rumors before they spread.
Debunking career politician Jeff Flake's budget myths.
This oft-repeated myth has been repeatedly debunked and it's time the president stop misleading the American people in...
Local experts like Jeff Rodgers debunk the widely popular myth that the world will on December 21st.
CRN debunks omega-3 meta -analysis as 'inherently inconclusive'.
Debunking the Theo Epstein mythology .
Another Facebook "Status Update" Debunked.
New venture debunks notion of liberal media bias.
CRN debunks omega-3 meta-analysis as 'inherently inconclusive'.
Jerry Storch, chairman and chief executive of Toys 'R' Us, debunked the "myth" that the growth of internet shopping is bringing about the demise of "big box" retailers in his keynote address at the Shop.org Annual Summit.
Truth is, the Internet abounds with horticultural sites whose sole goal is debunking the notion that growing orchids takes special skill.
Portrait of 'right-wing' suspect in Oslo attacks emerges as 'Jihadist' link is debunked.
Top 5 Dot Com Myths Debunked.
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In science:

Even though by now the report ’s main claim is thoroughly debunked, for reasons that will become apparent soon I would like to revisit the first leg of the claimed causal connection– namely, Oregon’s post-Cap drop in PL borrowing (recall Fig. 1).
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
These questions remain largely unexplored save for partisan studies by industryrelated or consumer-advocacy groups, or studies using woefully inadequate economic models that have been thoroughly debunked by the current crisis.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences.
The Bowley Ratio
Discussions of strings, supersymmetry and additional dimensions were very much focused on the capability of experiments to confirm or debunk these concepts23 .
Lepton Photon Symposium 2005: Summary and Outlook
Wilkins hoped that propositions, in his interlingua, would be \philosophically unfolded" and that pompous-sounding expressions should be summarily debunked; like Bacon before him and Ogden after him, he hankered after clear expression through the medium of a transparent language.
Structural Tags, Annealing and Automatic Word Classification
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