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She spoke only of her strengths, but others on her campaign staff worked to discredit her opponent.
  damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
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  • She spoke only of her strengths, but others on her campaign staff worked to discredit her opponent.
  • Russian TV is famous for inventing stories to discredit those who disagree with Russian interests.
  • However, that experience [investigating a woman who was thought to be a witch, but who he determined was not] never raised a doubt in his mind as to the reality of the underworld or the existence of Lucifer’s many-faced lieutenants. And his belief is not to his discredit. Better minds than Hale’s were—and still are—convinced that there is a society of spirits beyond our ken.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • It consisted in falsifying a series of production reports of two years ago, in such a way as to cast discredit on a prominent member of the Inner Party, who was now under a cloud.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • Such will try to discredit the shocking tales of slaveholding cruelty which are recorded in this truthful Narrative; but they will labor in vain.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • It does us great discredit to treat a defeated foe like this.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Ever since my release from prison, the state had continued its campaign to discredit my wife.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • You’d better come clean, Dwight, however discreditable it is.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • He did not believe a word of the story, and yet, how discredit or disprove it?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • You’ll be kicked out of school for lying and for reflecting discredit on the Institute.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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  • How shall I break up this numbness which discredits my sympathetic heart?
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The plan, she said, was to kill or imprison her or to fake a scandal to discredit her.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • The old, discredited leaders of the Party had been used to gather there before they were finally purged.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • That protection is needed to prevent political enemies from having them raped; gangsters calculate that female candidates can be uniquely humiliated and discredited that way.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • I had to discredit them.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • There is ample evidence that pressure has been brought to bear on Ralph Meyers since his trial testimony which could tend to discredit his recantation.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • In fact, I had met very few of the parents, much to my discredit.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • Don’t you know that the support of the Wynand papers is enough to discredit anyone?
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • I am glad it occurred to me to mention it; for it would really be discreditable to you to let them go alone.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Furious with himself for having given away a discreditable secret, he vented his rage on Bernard.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • All of us, I suppose, like to believe that in a moral emergency we will behave like the heroes of our youth, bravely and forthrightly, without thought of personal loss or discredit.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • I saw a white figure, and as if to prevent my discrediting the testimony of only one of my senses, I heard my glass removed—the same which is there now on the table.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Would you rather they’d picked me to discredit?
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Craig said the problem with things is that everyone is always comparing everyone with everyone and because of that, it discredits people, like in his photography classes.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Much and deservedly to my own discredit, therefore, and considerably to the detriment of my official conscience, they continued, during my incumbency, to creep about the wharves, and loiter up and down the Custom-House steps.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • They’re trying to discredit him,’ said Lupin.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • I admit that I am a spy, and that it is considered a discreditable station—though it must be filled by somebody; but this gentleman is no spy, and why should he so demean himself as to make himself one?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I arranged it to discredit your slavemaster.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Also discredited was the idea of a floating hull or some other enormous wreckage, and again because of this speed of movement.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Just imagine, while washing and dusting the ceilings and walls, Madam Magloire has made some discoveries; now our two chambers hung with antique paper whitewashed over, would not discredit a chateau in the style of yours.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Shultz now pursued this question with the attorneys themselves, for to discredit them and prove that they had not supplied their clients with the minimum protection was, from the Wichita lawyer’s viewpoint, the hearing’s principal objective.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He drew a long breath and then said, as if it were rather to her discredit but he wouldn’t hold it against her.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Finally she gathered together a few of the sketches—those which she considered the least discreditable; and she carried them with her when, a little later, she dressed and left the house.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • It reflects discredit on me… …Tell them about your medals… …I’ll not.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  The Sun Also Rises
  • There will be images derived from pictures of the Enemy as He appeared during the discreditable episode known as the Incarnation: there will be vaguer—perhaps quite savage and puerile-images associated with the other two Persons.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • She looked at him very searchingly; without quite knowing why, he felt he had been discovered in a discreditable secret.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • She was a visitor, not a chaperon, and a discredited visitor at that.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • At first, Carla made a vague attempt to discredit Tio Pedro by revealing how he always ended our sessions with long hugs and a pat on the butt.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • By planting the diary upon Arthur Weasleys daughter, he hoped to discredit Arthur and get rid of a highly incrim-inating magical object in one stroke.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • It was immensely to her discredit, sexually, to stand there dumb.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • She felt that when my book was published, I would be the butt of resentment from all the hate groups, that they would stop at nothing to discredit me, and that many decent whites would be afraid to show me courtesies when others might be watching.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • It is but natural that when the world which they represented no longer allured her, its ambassadors should be discredited.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Having long discredited the old systems of mysticism, he now began to discredit the old appraisements of morality.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Fie upon him; he will discredit our mystery.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • Blessed be heaven! for by means of this history of your noble and genuine chivalrous deeds, which you say has been printed, the countless stories of fictitious knights-errant with which the world is filled, so much to the injury of morality and the prejudice and discredit of good histories, will have been driven into oblivion.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • But ’tis all one to me; for had I been the finder-out of this secret, it would not have relish’d among my other discredits.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Even admitting that it was an action in the highest degree discreditable, still, discreditable is not ’disgraceful.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Is not this Neurohypnotism simply the reanimated corpse of Mesmer’s discredited Animal Magnetism?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • Sula stretched my attempts to manipulate language, to work credibly and, perhaps, elegantly with a discredited vocabulary.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula
  • I suppose you will retort that I was in love with Nancy Rufford and that my indifference was therefore discreditable.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
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