"discredit" in the noun sense
1. disrepute, discredit
the state of being held in low esteem
"your actions will bring discredit to your name"
"because of the scandal the school has fallen into disrepute"
"discredit" in the verb sense
cause to be distrusted or disbelieved
"The paper discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"
2. discredit, disgrace
damage the reputation of
"This newspaper story discredits the politicians"
3. disbelieve, discredit
reject as false refuse to accept
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