Discredit

Definition of Discredit

Dis`cred´it
n.1.The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved; as, later accounts have brought the story into discredit.
2.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.
- Rogers.
v. t.1.To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve; as, the report is discredited.
[imp. & p. p. Discredited; p. pr. & vb. n. Discrediting.]
2.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.
- Strype.
2.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.
- Sir H. Wotton.

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