- 1discredit somebody/something to make people stop respecting somebody/something The photos were deliberately taken to discredit the President. a discredited government/policy
- 2discredit something to make people stop believing that something is true; to make something appear unlikely to be true These theories are now largely discredited among linguists. This new evidence discredits earlier findings. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from dis- (expressing reversal) + credit, on the pattern of Italian (di)scredito (noun), (di)screditare (verb), and French discrédit (noun), discréditer (verb).Extra examples She accused the minister of trying to discredit the government. These ideas have now been completely discredited. This was a blatant attempt to discredit this company. This divided and discredited government has lost the trust of the people.
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discredit
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪt//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪt//he / she / it discredits
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪts//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪts//past simple discredited
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪd//past participle discredited
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪd//-ing form discrediting
BrE BrE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//dɪsˈkredɪtɪŋ//