discredit

Part of speech: verb

To disbelieve; injure the credit of; destroy faith in.

Part of speech: noun

The act of discrediting.

Part of speech: noun

Lack of credit; impaired reputation; dishonor.

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Usage examples "discredit":

  1. The mass of the people were apathetic and ignorant; slavery tended to discredit industrious habits, at best so difficult to maintain in the tropics; the upper classes showed little interest in or aptitude for commercial matters: commerce, banking, railroads, mining, and engineering prospered only where foreigners personally engaged in them. - "The South American Republics Part I of II", Thomas C. Dawson.
  2. Still, he must try not to discredit his supporters, and his task could not be shirked. - "For the Allinson Honor", Harold Bindloss.
  3. One wishes to set the best they have before a guest,- though, indeed, I don't expect many to visit me; but it is some comfort to think one has it in one's power to lodge a friend, when it happens so, in a manner that may not discredit one's intentions. - "Jane Talbot", Charles Brockden Brown.