American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To revoke the legal or legitimate status of: "Out of poverty sprout social instability and desperation, which delegitimize governments that declare themselves democratic” ( Oscar Arias Sanchez).
- de- + legitimize (Wiktionary)
“The difficult term delegitimize, which seems to be the best way to describe the event, has been said,”
“The difficult term delegitimize, which seems to be the best way to describe the event, has been said, "To revoke the legal or legitimate status of a government.”
“And the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, is warning critics not to degil -- delegitimize, that is -- delegitimize his country's presidential election.”
“New international resolutions would cause anxiety in Israel, where many people worry about what they see as a strengthening campaign to "delegitimize" the Jewish state.”
“I might also point out that, despite those who claim that such comparisons "delegitimize" Israel's existence, I do not recall that those of us in the anti-apartheid struggle, while demanding regime change, ever questioned the right of South Africa to exist.”
“Since the Goldstone report, Israel's political leaders and public have been agitated over what they claim to be a worldwide effort to "delegitimize" the Jewish state.”
“For he unquestioningly asserts that Israeli governments are (regularly) responsible for "bad behavior" -- and seeing that behavior as bad, as unjustified, is, in most cases, precisely what it means to "delegitimize" Israel.”
“Judt continues: "The bad behavior of [Israel's] governments does not 'delegitimize' it ...”
“At the same time, he is deeply alarmed by Iran's quest for nuclear weapons, coupled with what he describes as its effort to "delegitimize" the Jewish state.”
“It appears that the netroots campaign to "delegitimize" Fox is failing miserably.”
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