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Definitions for discredit
dɪsˈkrɛd ɪtdis·cred·it

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word discredit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disrepute, discreditverb

    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. discreditverb

    cause to be distrusted or disbelieved

    "The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"

  3. discredit, disgraceverb

    damage the reputation of

    "This newspaper story discredits the politicians"

  4. disbelieve, discreditverb

    reject as false; refuse to accept


  1. discreditverb

    To harm the good reputation of a person; to cause an idea or piece of evidence to seem false or unreliable.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DISCREDITnoun

    Ignominy; reproach; lower degree of infamy; disgrace; imputation of a fault.

    Etymology: decrediter, French.

    Had I been the finder out of this secret, it would not have relished among my other discredits. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Idlers will ever live like rogues, and not fall to work, but be lazy, and then certify over their country to the discredit of a plantation. Francis Bacon.

    That they may quit their morals without any discredit to their intellectuals, they fly to several stale, trite, pitiful objections and cavils. South.

    ’Tis the duty of every christian to be concerned for the reputation or discredit his life may bring on his profession. John Rogers.

    Alas, the small discredit of a bribe,
    Scarce hurts the lawyer, but undoes the scribe. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Discreditverb

    Etymology: decrediter, French.

    He had fram’d to himself, by the instruction of his frailty, many deceiving promises of life, which I have discredited to him, and now is he resolved to die. William Shakespeare.

    You had left unseen a wonderful piece of work, which not to have been blest withal, would have discredited you. William Shakespeare.

    He is commended that makes a saving voyage, and least discredits his travels, who returns the same man he went. Henry Wotton.

    He like a privileg’d spy, whom nothing can
    Discredit, libels now ’gainst each great man. John Donne.

    Reflect how glorious it would be to appear in countenance of discredited duty, and by example of piety revive the declining spirit of religion. John Rogers.

    Without care our best actions will lose much of their influence, and our virtues will be often discredited with the appearance of evil. John Rogers, Serm.


  1. discredit

    A smear campaign, also referred to as a smear tactic or simply a smear, is an effort to damage or call into question someone's reputation, by propounding negative propaganda. It makes use of discrediting tactics. It can be applied to individuals or groups. Common targets are public officials, politicians, political candidates, activists and ex-spouses. The term also applies in other contexts such as the workplace.The term smear campaign became popular around 1936.


  1. discredit

    Discredit refers to causing harm to the good reputation of someone or something, eliciting doubt about their credibility or truth. It can also refer to the loss of respect or belief in someone or something's reliability due to damaging information or action.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discreditnoun

    the act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved; as, later accounts have brought the story into discredit

  2. Discreditnoun

    hence, some degree of dishonor or disesteem; ill repute; reproach; -- applied to persons or things

  3. Discreditverb

    to refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve; as, the report is discredited

  4. Discreditverb

    to deprive of credibility; to destroy confidence or trust in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of

  5. Discreditverb

    to deprive of credit or good repute; to bring reproach upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace

  6. Etymology: [Cf. F. discrditer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discredit

    dis-kred′it, n. want of credit: bad credit: ill-repute: disgrace.—v.t. to refuse credit to, or belief in: to deprive of credibility: to deprive of credit: to disgrace.—adj. Discred′itable, not creditable: disgraceful.—adv. Discred′itably.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discredit in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discredit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of discredit in a Sentence

  1. Lis Smith:

    He’s an outspoken supporter of the national dialogue we are having about sexual abuse and harassment, these efforts to tie years-old comments to it do a great disservice to women. Dredging up one-off old social media posts is a typical establishment politician’s way to discredit newcomers.

  2. President Biden:

    We have to discredit those who believe that the age of democracy is over, as some of our fellow nations believe. We have to expose as false the narrative that decrees of dictators can match the speed and scale of the 21st( century) challenges, you know, and I know, they're wrong.

  3. Will Reinert:

    After years of vehement denial, Governor Lujan Grisham's now revealed sexual harassment settlement certainly raises questions of why Michelle Lujan Grisham tried to discredit Michelle Lujan Grisham alleged victim, where there is smoke there is usually fire, and Michelle Lujan Grisham just wrote a check for $ 62,500 worth of kindling.

  4. Fox News:

    Putin's Playbook : Russia's Secret Plan to Defeat America, allowing Putin to berate and discredit us in a solo press conference is quite a mistake for the President Biden administration. To give them that ability, China comes out on top.

  5. Alexander Vindman:

    President Donald Trump would do anything to discredit Alex, whatever Rachel Vindman took, because Alex had heard the phone call, President Donald Trump was the main person to discredit, we received some not-so-nice notes in the mail and some weird packages. We could see things online of people supporting President Donald Trump, and... it buoyed us.

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Translations for discredit

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  • дискредитирамBulgarian
  • descreer, desacreditarSpanish
  • saattaa huonoon valoon, [[huono]] [[maine]], epäuskottavuus, osoittaa vääräksi, epäluotettavuus, mustamaalataFinnish
  • discréditerFrench
  • des-kredit-izarIdo
  • 信用を傷つける, 信用を落とすJapanese
  • discreditaRomanian
  • дискредити́ровать, бесче́стить, позо́рить, опозо́рить, обесче́ститьRussian
  • diskrediteraSwedish

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