from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To damage in reputation; disgrace.
- transitive v. To cause to be doubted or distrusted.
- transitive v. To refuse to believe.
- n. Loss of or damage to one's reputation.
- n. Lack or loss of trust or belief; doubt.
- n. Something damaging to one's reputation or stature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To harm the good reputation of a person; to cause an idea or piece of evidence to seem false or unreliable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved.
- n. Hence, some degree of dishonor or disesteem; ill repute; reproach; -- applied to persons or things.
- transitive v. To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve.
- transitive v. To deprive of credibility; to destroy confidence or trust in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of.
- transitive v. To deprive of credit or good repute; to bring reproach upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want of credit or good repute; some degree of disgrace or reproach; disesteem: applied to persons or things: as, frauds that bring manufactures into discredit; a transaction much to his discredit.
- n. Want of belief, trust, or confidence; disbelief: as, his story is received with discredit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. damage the reputation of
- v. cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
- n. the state of being held in low esteem
- v. reject as false; refuse to accept
What I'm really seeking to discredit is a specific component of homodoxy exhibited most notably in monotheism but just as present in polytheist and atheist homodoxies.
The third thing to her discredit was her living in the land of Canaan, whose inhabitants were known to be harsh and evil.
The main reason for the discredit, which is world wide, is, I think, to be found in the fact that a congress of representatives is essentially a group of blind men in a vast, unknown world.
He entertained, he insisted, a high regard for Mrs. Hill, and the only thing he knew to her discredit was the fact that she was Major Hill's wife.
- I cannot possibly oblige you by not wearing my gown, because I have it made up on purpose to wear it a great deal, & as the discredit will be my own, I feel the less regret.
Remember, the first tactic to discredit is to call the opponent insane, or to intimate insanity.
Aside from any other sleaziness in this story, the idea that being gay is a 'discredit' to someone is loathesome to say the list.
Both sides agreed that my goal was to "discredit" the Bible, to "make the Bible look stupid, irrelevant, and full of holes" and "a load of bullshit."
Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, has warned against attempts to "discredit" the tribunal, while William Hague, the British foreign secretary, announced a further £1m funding in support for the tribunal and declared that "justice is the only way to ensure stability in Lebanon".
Thanks for your take on the "discredit" machine now being stoked by all the usual suspects.