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discreditnoun animadversion, aspersion, attaint, baseness, castigation, censure, condemnation, contumely, criticism, debasement, dedecus, degradation, derogation, disapprobation, disapproval, disbelief, disesteem, disfavor, disgrace, dishonor, disparagement, dispraise, disreputability, disrepute, distrust, ignominia, impaired reputation, imputation, incredulity, infamy, ingloriousness, lack of confidence, lack of esseem, loss of belief, loss of credence, loss of credit, loss of repute, mistrust, odium, opprobrium, probrum, reflection, remonstrance, reprehension, reproach, reprobation, revilement, scandal, shame, slur, stain, stigma, stricture, taint, tarnish, turpitude
Associated concepts: discredit a witness
discreditverb abrogare, asperse, besmirch, brand, bring disgrace upon, bring into disfavor, bring reproach upon, cast aspersions on, cast shame upon, debase, decry, degrade, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, deprive of credit, derogate from, discount, disgrace, disparage, downgrade, hold up to shame, impair the reputation of, impute shame to, injure the credit of, involvein shame, make distasteful, malign, reflect dishonor upon, reprehend, scandalize, stain, stigmatize, taint, tarnish
Associated concepts: discredit a witness, discredited witness
See also: accuse, attaint, bad character, bad repute, blame, brand, cavil, cite, condemn, condemnation, contemn, debase, decry, defame, degradation, demean, denounce, deprecate, depreciate, derogate, disaccord, disallow, disapprove, disavow, disbelieve, discommend, discount, disfavor, disgrace, dishonor, disparage, disprove, doubt, humiliate, ignominy, impeach, impeachability, impugn, incredulity, infamy, lessen, libel, negate, notoriety, obloquy, onus, opprobrium, pillory, refuse, refute, reject, reproach, scandal, shame, smear, stain, stigma, sully, suspicion, tarnish, underestimate
TO DISCREDIT, practice, evidence. To deprive one of credit or confidence.
2. In general, a party may discredit a witness called by the opposite party, who testifies against him, by proving that his character is such as not to entitle him to credit or confidence, or any other fact which shows he is not, entitled to belief. It is clearly settled, also, that the party voluntarily calling a witness, cannot afterwards impeach his character for truth and veracity. 1 Moo. & Rob. 414; 3 B. & Cress. 746; S. C. 10 Eng. Com. Law R. 220. But if a party calls a witness, who turns out unfavorable, he may call another to prove the same point. 2 Campb. R. 556 2 Stark. R. 334; S. C. 3 E. C. L. R. 371 1 Nev & Man. 34; 4 B. & Adolph. 193; S. C. 24 E. C. L. R. 47; 1 Phil. Ev. 229; Rosc. Civ. Ev. 96.