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SAT vocabulary: discredit

What does discredit mean? Read below for the definition.

Quick vocab quiz for the word discredit

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discredit most nearly means

(A) bolster (B) limn (C) ease (D) pen (E) disprove

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Now let’s learn about the word discredit.

Part of Speech of discredit

discredit is a VERB and a NOUN.

Pronunciation discredit

Here’s how to pronounce discredit:

IPA: /dɪs.ˈkrɛ.dɪt/

Glossary-style: [dihs-KREH-diht]

Definition of discredit

discredit means: verb: damage in reputation (Ex: to discredit a politician). cause somebody to mistrust or disbelieve someone or something (Ex: to discredit a theory). noun: loss of respect or reputation; distrust (Ex: Lying on his college application was a discredit to his name.)

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This man has been discredited. (Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/egovsego/)
Explain more about discredit, please

discredit is a fairly easy word, especially when you understand that the root of the word, cred means believe. To discredit is simply to reduce or remove entirely the credibility of someone or something. For example, you could discredit a scientist by proving his theory wrong, or you could discredit an author by digging up research or evidence that shows that he embellished, exaggerated, or just plain lied about something in his writings.

For example, Greg Mortenson, author of the best-seller Three Cups of Tea, which details the author’s humanitarian efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan, was discredited by the popular and influential television series 60 Minutes in 2011. The journalist Steve Kroft accused Mortenson of exaggerating or fabricating many of the events in his book, including exaggerating the number of schools his foundation had built and worse, of misappropriating funds earned from donations by his charity.

Example of discredit

Here’s the word discredit used in a sentence:

The notion that caffeine stunts one’s growth has been repeatedly discredited, but parents still tell their children this, perhaps so that they will not develop a bad coffee-habit or consume sugary soft drinks, many of which contain caffeine.

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