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Definition to expose something as not true, real, or as valuable as others thought
  • The article debunks the myth of true Internet anonymity.
  • She debunked the supposed miracle.
  • I had to wonder if my theory was about to debunked.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • debunked = exposed as not true
  • The physicist debunked the psychic's claims
  • And of course we as individuals must sympathetically debunk ourselves.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Amy Elliott Dunne is like a yeti—coveted and folkloric—and they are two Ozarks grifters whose blurry story will be immediately debunked.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Many people use science to debunk religion, but Reverend Scheffler enlisted science to bolster his beliefs.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • I went around debunking claims of miracles all over the country.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • Ever since, I've told what I find, confirming or debunking.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • He made a poor subject for blackmailers or debunking biographers.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Yet this is no more comprehensible to common sense than religious mysteries that non-believers work so hard to debunk.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Thankfully the rest of the world assumed that the Irish were crazy, a theory that the Irish themselves did nothing to debunk.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The great debunker himself.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Scientific debunking, he felt, was both noble and important, even if the public didn't always appreciate it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  True Believer
  • Debunking miracles.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He spent a chapter debunking first what the press had written about Salander, then what Prosecutor Ekström had claimed, and thereby indirectly the entire police investigation.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • Those temperamentally so inclined will find reassurance in two books we have already quoted, The Way We Talk Now, by Geoffrey Nunberg, and Language Myths, edited by Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill, a collection of essays debunking widely held conceptions (or, as the authors maintain, misconceptions) about our language.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • This from Devan Lochees, the great debunker?
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • What if the gospels that had been dismissed and debunked were the real ones, and the ones that had been picked for the New Testament were the embellished versions?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • In the wake of Michael's crisis of faith, I had contacted the witness he recommended—an academic named Ian Fletcher whom I vaguely remembered from a television show he used to host, where he'd go around debunking the claims of people who saw the Virgin Mary in their toast burn pattern and things like that.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart

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