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Definition damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
  • She spoke only of her strengths, but others on her campaign staff worked to discredit her opponent.
discredit = damage the reputation of
  • Russian TV is famous for inventing stories to discredit those who disagree with Russian interests.
  • discredit = damage the reputation of
  • Ever since my release from prison, the state had continued its campaign to discredit my wife.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • discredit = damage the reputation of
  • You'll be kicked out of school for lying and for reflecting discredit on the Institute.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • discredit = damage to the reputation
  • You'd better come clean, Dwight, however discreditable it is.
    Nevil Shute  --  On the Beach
  • discreditable = tending to damage the reputation
  • The plan, she said, was to kill or imprison her or to fake a scandal to discredit her.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • discredit = damage [her] reputation
  • 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
  • discredit = damage of reputation
  • He did not believe a word of the story, and yet, how discredit or disprove it?
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • discredit = cause distrust of or disbelief in
  • How shall I break up this numbness which discredits my sympathetic heart?
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • discredits = damages the reputation of
  • It does us great discredit to treat a defeated foe like this.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • discredit = damage to reputation
  • Every day, at every moment, they will be defeated, discredited, ridiculed, spat upon and yet they will always survive.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Men had discredited themselves during the genocide.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Yet look, Neville, whom I discredit in order to be myself, at my hand on the table.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The earthly paradise had been discredited at exactly the moment when it became realizable.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • 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
  • He claimed that The Ten, if there is such a thing, and again, he had no more proof than any of the others, had vowed that the Institute would never graduate a woman or any man who would bring discredit on the school because of gross mental or physical peculiarities, which is rather humorous in the light of recent history.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • No one will say it is unmanly to be captivated by a woman, or, being captivated, to marry her; and the admiration, the delight, the passion, the wonder, the unbounded confidence, and frantic adoration with which, by degrees, this big warrior got to regard the little Rebecca, were feelings which the ladies at least will pronounce were not altogether discreditable to him.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • 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
  • discredit = disgrace or dishonor (damaging his reputation)
  • ...after all their hard work to discredit Stossel, and after all the controversy they created, he still managed to deliver the single highest-rated program that night on all of television.
    Brent Bozell  --  Stossel's Silly Censors  --  http://soapbox.townhall.com/print/print_story.php?sid=165952&loc=/opinion/columns/brentbozell/2001/07/05/165952.html (retrieved 06/29/06)

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