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discredit
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
  • He reflected, with much probability on his side, that Lydgate would by-and-by be caught tripping too, and that his ungentlemanly attempts to discredit the sale of drugs by his professional brethren, would by-and-by recoil on himself.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (38% in)
  • "Deuce knows," said Caleb, who never referred the knowledge of discreditable doings to any higher power than the deuce.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (83% in)
  • Hence Mr. Gambit could go away from the chief grocer's without fear of rivalry, but not without a sense that Lydgate was one of those hypocrites who try to discredit others by advertising their own honesty, and that it might be worth some people's while to show him up.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (15% in)
  • Especially if there was anything discreditable to be found out concerning another man, Caleb preferred not to know it; and if he had to tell anybody under him that his evil doings were discovered, he was more embarrassed than the culprit.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (91% in)
  • He had been used every day to taste the flavor of supremacy and the tribute of complete deference: and the certainty that he was watched or measured with a hidden suspicion of his having some discreditable secret, made his voice totter when he was speaking to edification.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (54% in)
  • Even if the money had been given merely to make him hold his tongue about the scandal of Bulstrode's earlier life, the fact threw an odious light on Lydgate, who had long been sneered at as making himself subservient to the banker for the sake of working himself into predominance, and discrediting the elder members of his profession.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (89% in)
  • "And of coarse it is a discredit to his doctrines," said Mrs. Sprague, who was elderly, and old-fashioned in her opinions.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (11% in)

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