discredit Definition

  • 1to cause people to stop respecting someone or believing in an idea or person
  • 2to damage the reputation of someone or something

Using discredit: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "discredit" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The scandal discredited the politician and ruined his career.

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    The evidence presented in court discredited the witness's testimony.

  • Example

    The article was an attempt to discredit the company's reputation.

  • Example

    The opposition party tried to discredit the government's policies.

discredit Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for discredit

Phrases with discredit

  • to do something that damages the reputation of oneself or others


    His behavior brought discredit upon himself and his family.

  • to cause people to doubt or question the truth or value of something


    The report cast discredit on the effectiveness of the new drug.

  • to behave in a way that makes people lose respect for oneself


    He discredited himself by lying about his qualifications.

Origins of discredit

from Latin 'dis-' meaning 'apart' and 'credere' meaning 'to believe'


Summary: discredit in Brief

The verb 'discredit' [dɪsˈkrɛdɪt] means to damage the reputation of someone or something, causing people to stop respecting or believing in them. It is often used in legal or political contexts, as in 'The evidence presented in court discredited the witness's testimony.' Phrases like 'bring discredit upon' and 'cast discredit on' describe actions that damage reputations, while 'discredit oneself' refers to behaving in a way that causes others to lose respect.