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[dih-buhngk] /dɪˈbʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
to expose or excoriate (a claim, assertion, sentiment, etc.) as being pretentious, false, or exaggerated:
to debunk advertising slogans.
Origin of debunk
1920-25, Americanism; de- + bunk2
Related forms
debunker, noun
disparage, ridicule, lampoon. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for debunk
  • Sequences of maps can also be used to debunk misconceptions.
  • Anthropologists debunk another myth of evolutionary progress.
  • They also debunk six myths about how to boost intelligence.
  • At first glance the sales figures seem to debunk the idea that video games are recession-proof.
  • Conspiracy theories will always be with us because it's quicker to create them than to debunk them.
  • Second, some more open minded experts have set out to debunk these claims only to find they could not.
  • Or, they probably thought why not publish it and people can discuss and debunk it.
  • It's it frequently displayed in the numerous articles that debunk it.
  • In thinking about these options, let's debunk two common misconceptions.
  • They do not even put out completely wacked theories to help debunk the deniers, lol.
British Dictionary definitions for debunk


(transitive) (informal) to expose the pretensions or falseness of, esp by ridicule
Derived Forms
debunker, noun
Word Origin
C20: from de- + bunk²
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Word Origin and History for debunk

1923, from de- + bunk (n.2); first used by U.S. novelist William Woodward (1874-1950), the notion being "to take the bunk out of things." Related: Debunked; debunking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for debunk



Toclearawaylies,exaggerations,vanities,etc: The author neither glorifies nor debunks

[1923+; coined by W W Woodward in a book published in 1923]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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