1. The act of discrediting or disbelieving, or the state of being discredited or disbelieved; as, later accounts have brought the story into discredit.
2. Hence, some degree of dishonor or disesteem; ill repute; reproach; -- applied to persons or things.
It is the duty of every Christian to be concerned for the reputation or discredit his life may bring on his profession. --Rogers.
Syn: -- Disesteem; disrepute; dishonor; disgrace; ignominy; scandal; disbelief; distrust.
Dis·cred·it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discredited; p. pr. & vb. n. Discrediting.]
1. To refuse credence to; not to accept as true; to disbelieve; as, the report is discredited.
2. To deprive of credibility; to destroy confidence or trust in; to cause disbelief in the accuracy or authority of.
An occasion might be given to the . . . papists of discrediting our common English Bible. --Strype.
2. To deprive of credit or good repute; to bring reproach upon; to make less reputable; to disgrace.
He. . . least discredits his travels who returns the same man he went. --Sir H. Wotton.
n : the state of being held in low esteem; "your actions will
bring discredit to your name"; "because of the scandal
the school has fallen into disrepute" [syn: disrepute]
v 1: cause to be distrusted or disbelieved; "The paper
discredited the politician with its nasty commentary"
2: damage the reputation of; "This newspaper story discredits
the politicians" [syn: disgrace]
3: reject as false; refuse to accept [syn: disbelieve] [ant: