• WordNet 3.6
    • v discredit reject as false; refuse to accept
    • v discredit cause to be distrusted or disbelieved "The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"
    • v discredit damage the reputation of "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"
    • n discredit 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Discredit 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."
    • Discredit The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved; as, later accounts have brought the story into discredit .
    • Discredit 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."
    • Discredit 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."
    • Discredit To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve; as, the report is discredited .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discredit To disbelieve; give no credit to; not to credit or believe: as, the report is discredited.
    • discredit To injure the credit or reputation of; make less esteemed or honored; fail to do credit to.
    • discredit To deprive of credibility; destroy confidence in.
    • n discredit Want of credit or good repute; some degree of disgrace or reproach; disesteem: applied to persons or things: as, frauds that bring manufactures into discredit; a transaction much to his discredit.
    • n discredit Want of belif, trust, or confidence; disbelief: as, his story is received with discredit. Synonyms Disrepute, dishonor, ill repute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Discredit dis-kred′it want of credit: bad credit: ill-repute: disgrace
    • v.t Discredit to refuse credit to, or belief in: to deprive of credibility: to deprive of credit: to disgrace
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. discréditer,


In literature:

Besides, I shall make it my life's object to discredit you: I shall use all my powers.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
But the attempts to discredit Carlyle's religious sentiment must absolutely fall to the ground.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
When monarchical ideas were thus discredited, it was idle to expect peace.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Most of all he grieved to think that a delegate of his ward, largely through his own interference, was acting discreditably.
"The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him" by Paul Leicester Ford
A curious series of events also served to discredit the party of progress in the constitutional States.
"The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)" by John Holland Rose
They hoped to fleece me in some way, and their very association discredited me in the eyes of one or two honest men.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
The idol will be discredited.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
Some of his tales, which were then entirely discredited, have been ascertained by modern travellers to be true.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
This is in no way to his discredit.
"The Unpopular Review, Volume II Number 3" by Various
I have the proof in the evidence of my own senses, too fatally discredited until now.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth

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:

New book provides details of campaign to discredit — or even kill — Jack Anderson.
Will Ferrell stars as Rick Marshall, a discredited scientist who believes there is and finds a parallel universe that combines time periods.
His attorneys deny this and are seeking to subpoena – and publicize – her medical records to discredit some of those claims.
But that is no discredit to Paterson.
A Massachusetts mayor on Thursday fired a white police officer accused of using a racial slur to taunt Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford, saying the officer had "brought discredit" on himself and the department.
Now Carragee's military record is being used in an attempt to discredit his research indicating that the Medtronic spine surgery product known as Infuse may increase the risk of a complication that causes sterility in men.
Lobbyists seeking to discredit climate change theory present further challenges.
These recent attempts to discredit and smear the reputation and extraordinary diplomatic work of Ambass...
COMMERCE, MI (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Friday raised the discredited rumor that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and thus ineligible to be president.
A city councilman in Volusia County said he's been misunderstood, maligned and the victim of a campaign to discredit him.
All that is necessary is to thoroughly discredit a few of their key claims, exposing them as liars.
Bidzina Ivanishvili's party now faces a much tougher challenge than discrediting the country's long-serving president, Mikheil Saakashvili: It has to govern.
We have reached a point in the 2012 campaign when you long for a referee - someone with a whistle to call foul and declare that one side has so discredited itself that it must forfeit points or be otherwise disqualified.
In general 's hearing, defense team works to discredit accuser.
Defense team sought to discredit government witness for lapses in memory, dementia.

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