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discredit

noun 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

discredit

verb 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.

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28 ( ANI ): A woman was recently caught trying to plant a fake story about Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in the Washington Post to discredit the paper.
After the disqualification of the Prime Minister by the Supreme Court a vicious and mysterious campaign seems to have been mounted by vested interests to malign and discredit elected representatives of the people and the political class as a whole, he said.
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The BBC could have applied that documentary to just about any MEP from any country (sorry state) in the EU and found things that weren't quite ethical yet they chose to attempt to discredit Nigel Farage and UKIP.
Many patients suffer needlessly before the medical community examines the accumulated evidence and discredits useless or harmful treatments.
Fisher said the prosecution had provided new evidence in November that could discredit the testimony of Armando Morales.
The Ergenekon mentality started to permeate the collective unconscious and become entrenched there after this campaign to discredit the cases was launched.
Carrington's action brought discredit to the nursing profession.
tomfoolery They don''t need to discredit them, they''ve all done a magnificent job in discrediting themselves over the years.
Hunter said: "It would be an understatement to characterise Lamont as being disappointed in the unprofessional manner in which Khan is attempting to discredit his performance.
Officers had worked quickly to discredit the threats made and reassure the public such incidents are treated seriously.