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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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Invidia is more or less our "envy," pure and simple resentment of another's enjoying a certain good, but the word is also used for resentment that emanates from a sense of rightness or fairness--resentment at those perceived as wrongfully enjoying a good or as using it discreditably (thus Cicero incurred invidia for the allegedly high-handed use he made of his political power to suppress Catiline's conspiracy).
It also looked at the allegation that 'DCS Baker discreditably and actively pursued through Professor Dudley a National UK Award and an Honorary Doctorate in recognition of her service with West Midlands Police'.
We got away with the gig not discreditably, especially as the party was on the bohemian side, unlike most deb dances, which were far more conventional, at which real dance bands, dressed in tuxedos and using music stands with logos were hired.
Goffman reminds us that extra stigma is attributed to stigmatized persons (as when blind people are shouted at, or lifted bodily, or foreigners are assumed to be stupid or dishonest), and points out that the issues involved for the person marked as discreditably different can be those of life and death: