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discredit

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈskred.ɪt/ formal us  
to cause people to stop respecting someone or believing in an idea or person: Evidence of links with drug dealers has discredited the mayor. discredited theories
discreditable
adjective uk   /-ɪ.tə.bl̩/ us    /-ə.t̬ə.bl̩/
discreditably
adverb uk   /dɪˈskred.ɪ.tə.bli/ us    /-ə.t̬ə.bli/

discredit

noun [U] uk   /dɪˈskred.ɪt/ formal us  
loss of respect for or belief in someone or something: The stupid behaviour of one student has brought discredit on the whole school. To her discredit, she never admitted her role in the scandal.
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