[ dis-kred-it ]
/ dɪsˈkrɛd ɪt /

verb (used with object)

to injure the credit or reputation of; defame: an effort to discredit honest politicians.
to show to be undeserving of trust or belief; destroy confidence in: Later research discredited earlier theories.
to give no credence to; disbelieve: There was good reason to discredit the witness.


loss or lack of belief or confidence; disbelief; distrust: His theories met with general discredit.
loss or lack of repute or esteem; disrepute.
something that damages a good reputation: This behavior will be a discredit to your good name.

Origin of discredit

First recorded in 1550–60; dis-1 + credit


un·dis·cred·it·ed, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for discredit

British Dictionary definitions for discredit

/ (dɪsˈkrɛdɪt) /

verb (tr)

to damage the reputation of
to cause to be disbelieved or distrusted
to reject as untrue or of questionable accuracy


a person, thing, or state of affairs that causes disgrace
damage to a reputation
lack of belief or confidence